Why Some Mainers Are Putting Out Teal Pumpkins
The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by FARE, which stands for Food Allergy Research and Education.
Teal is the color of allergy awareness and putting a teal pumpkin out signals that you have allergen-free or non-candy treats available to trick or treaters who need them.
One in 13 kids here in the U.S. has food allergies.
Thinking about it, my kids have yet to be in a classroom that doesn't have at least one child with a food allergy. For some kids, even trace amounts of an allergen can cause a potentially deadly reaction.
Some of the most common allergens are main ingredients in candy; soy, eggs, wheat, milk and nuts. Things get really tricky when buying miniature sizes because the ingredients aren't listed and they sometimes contain different ingredients than their larger counterparts.
Halloween can be hard for families that are managing food allergies. Many treats that don't contain nuts on their own are manufactured in a facility that also processes nuts.
As you shop for non-food treats, keep in mind that some items still contain allergens. Some brands of moldable clay contain wheat, you should also stay away from balloons or toys that contain latex because there are children who have latex allergies.
Here are some suggestions for treats that will make goblins really happy:
- the old stand by, stickers and temporary tattoos
- glow bracelets
- honey sticks
- freeze pops-love this idea
- juice boxes
- individual serving microwave popcorn
- fun band aids-my kids loved them
- bouncy balls
- slap bracelets
- drink packets for making hot chocolate
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