We all love the celebration of Halloween, the scary movies, costumes, pumpkins, and candy! Trick- or-treating is the children’s favorite part of the tradition for Halloween, but unfortunately, they cannot enjoy in it freely as we did.
Nowadays, the world we are living in has become a dangerous place in many ways, and the numerous toxins and chemicals around us, as well as the synthetic additives in food, have made us more susceptible to various health issues.
Thus, many children suffer from food allergies, and cannot eat most of the candy collected.
The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) reports that approximately 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, with one in 13 children under 18 affected.
There was a 50% rise in food allergies in the period between 1997 and 2011, and small children and teens are most prone to potentially life-threatening reactions. Every 3 minutes, an American has to visit the emergency room due to a food allergy.
These alarming facts have triggered a 2014 project known as the “The Teal Pumpkin Project”, whose goal is to make people aware of the food allergies and their spread around Halloween.
The teal pumpkins are a symbol of support for the families of children with food allergies. This idea was originally implemented by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) for their local community, and it was afterward spread into a nationwide phenomenon.
FARE Director of Communications Nancy Gregory says:
“The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion, and respect for all those managing food allergies.”
The Teal Pumpkin Project manages to make Halloween equally fun for all children!
All you have to do is to put a teal pumpkin outside the house, which will signify that you will provide non-food items such as glow sticks, sticker, and such trinkets to trick-or-treaters, and avoid foods which might trigger food allergies. The pledge reads:
“This Halloween, I pledge to show, some extra kindness to the kids I know.
I’ll get some non-food treats at the store, like glow sticks, bracelets, stickers and more!
I will put my teal pumpkin out on proud display, on my porch, in a window, or on a bale of hay.
My teal pumpkin means I support children with food allergies
because all kids deserve to have a safe, happy Halloween.”
Learn more by watching the video below: