Paint a pumpkin teal for food allergy awareness!

October 15, 2014

Help children with food allergies this year on Halloween.

Teal is one of 2014’s top colors for fashion and design, and now you can show your support for kids with food allergies with a chic colored pumpkin at your doorstep. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization is promoting The Teal Pumpkin Project to raise awareness as well as inspire more inclusion in Trick-or-Treating for kids that suffer from food allergies. 

According to research, one in every 13 children are affected by a food allergy. For these children, this means participation in events like Halloween can be limiting. In particular, dairy and nuts are common offenders found in many chocolate candies. Planning for Halloween for parents of children with allergies requires vigilance in order to keep kids safe. 

Here’s how you can help whether you have a child with allergies or not. Paint a pumpkin teal to let Trick-or-Treaters know you are handing out non-food treats. There are a variety of places where inexpensive treats can be purchased (FARE suggests checking out Amazon and Oriental Trading Company). Also dollar stores will often have good finds or retail outlets such as Party City that carry inexpensive party favors. 

For more on the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit the website and visit the Facebook page. And remember that sharing the info through social media and letting your neighbors and community know about the project will create more awareness and fun! 

We’d also love to see a picture of your teal pumpkin, so be sure to share on the SupermarketGuru Facebook page.

Check out our FREE Food Allergy Buddy Card for ease in ordering in restaurants and alerting food handlers to your needs. 

And for more Halloween food allergy tips, click here.