The teal pumpkin effort is meant to make Halloween more inclusive, and trick-or-treating a better experience for kids with a range of food allergies.
FARE thanks the following Teal Pumpkin Project official 2017 partners: Ahold USA (including its brands Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant/Martin's), CVS Pharmacy, DBV Technologies, FunWorld, Hy-Vee, Learning Express, Magic Power, Market Street, Mello Smello, Michaels, Savers (doing business as Savers, Value Village, Unique and Village des Valeurs) and SCS Direct.
- Halloween is synonymous with mini candy bars, pumpkin shaped cookies, and yes, food allergy scares.
"Halloween is pretty much centered around candy and one out of 13 kids in America have a food allergy".
All they had to do was buy a pumpkin and use free painting supplies to show their homes have more inclusive Halloween selections.
"The Teal Pumpkin Project is an wonderful way for kids with various food allergies to enjoy Halloween with less worry".
The Teal Pumpkin Project started nationally back in 2014, that is when the Hess family started giving out teal pumpkins.
A lot of candy, especially chocolates, contain potential life-threatening allergens.
Now you might be thinking, how prevalent are food allergies in children today? "It's clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously". Those who know what this non-traditionally colored pumpkin means will know that it is safe for their kids with allergies to trick-or-treat at that home.
No one wants to end a night of trick-or-treating in the emergency room so for many years, as food allergies were on the rise, parents just couldn't let their children go door to door.
But, a year ago it was a disappointing Halloween for Fritsch who developed food allergies.
More and more teal pumpkins are popping up on front porches including in CT. With such a severe rise in food allergies, a number of schools have modified their policies regarding the treats, parties, and sweets at school. A holiday like Halloween can continue to be exciting and a little spooky without the emphasis on candy treats, and the more people who join the Teal Pumpkin Project, the closer we are to adapting these holiday traditions towards a healthier lifestyle.
What makes Halloween easier for Norris is teal pumpkins.