For those of you who plan on passing out treats on Halloween this year, here’s an opportunity to think outside the chocolate-and-candy-corn box! The Teal Pumpkin Project — a national campaign launched by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014 — is on a mission to make this holiday fun for ALL! According to the FARE website, an estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies…which means that one in every 13 children may not be able to eat the brightly packaged candy that’s been taking over grocery store aisles this month. It’s all about community! By encouraging people to pass out non-food Halloween treats, the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to include those who can’t eat candy because of food allergies (or one of many other possible reasons). Here’s all you need to do to be part of this:
1) Provide non-food treats to trick-or-treaters,
2) Paint a pumpkin teal and place it in your front yard to show your participation.
Click here to read more about this project, download signs and flyers, and even put your house on the Teal Pumpkin Project map. Even if you’re not planning to pass out candy this year, you can help by spreading the word or donating to FARE.
Here’s wishing you a fun and inclusive Halloween!
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