I want to share a little bit with you today about something near to my heart- the Teal Pumpkin Project. Never heard of it? Or maybe you have? Well either way I want to share with you a little about why you should support the Teal Pumpkin Project this year.
So what is the Teal Pumpkin Project? For those of you who do not know it is an initiative set out by Food Allergy Research and Education group (F.A.R.E.) to bring awareness for the need to make non-food items available to children with food allergies during Halloween for trick or treating.
If you have not been paying attention to what is happening in America with our children, there is a sky rocketing incidence of severe life treating food allergies. Not only that, but more and more children these days are suffering from food allergies, food sensitivities, food intolerances, and are on restricted diets due to various medical conditions. Autism, Diabetes, and ADHD being just a few.
With Halloween being primarily a holiday geared towards children, and taking into consideration the state of health in American children, I would like you to consider possibly handing out non-food items instead of the traditional candy this year.
What type of non-food items, you may be wondering? Pencils, erasers, glow sticks, small plastic toys, just to name a few. I know you are probably thinking this sounds a lot more expensive than the traditional candy. A few places you can get these type of items, at a fairly inexpensive price, are: Oriental Trading, F.A.R.E., Walmart, party supply stores like Party City, also you may be able to get them from dollar/99c stores and amazon.com.
I know this is not as easy as running to the store on the corner and picking up a few bags of candy, but it means the world to the children who cannot consume any of the candy they receive trick or treating. To get a few things that they actually CAN have really makes a world of difference to them.
How do I know this? Well I know the disappointment from my son’s face when he doesn’t receive a single item he can keep from his trick or treating. Honestly most years we try to skip it. We try to do different types of things that don’t revolve around trick or treating, like harvest fair type events. We also make sure to communicate with our children the reasons why we are not participating or why they cannot keep the candy from trick or treating. It is still hard to deal with sometimes. As a parent sometimes you just want your children to experience the same things as other children. I write this because I know MANY families in the very same situation as us. Halloween can be a very stressful holiday for these families.
So how can you help besides just having non-food items available to trick or treaters? Well you can help by sharing this with others. By telling those you know about the Teal Pumpkin Project and the state of children’s health in America. Share about how many children cannot even participate in trick or treating or consume anything they receive from trick or treating. Share about the Teal Pumpkin Project on Social Media. Paint a pumpkin teal and set it outside your door, or download a sign from Food Allergy Research Education group to post for trick or treaters, both will let them know you have non-food items available.
Let’s help make Halloween enjoyable for all children by supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project this year.