It’s the Great (Teal) Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

It’s the Great (Teal) Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

When I was a kid, I went trick-or-treating every year on Halloween, but I never ate any of the candy I collected (tragic, right?).  Much of it had nuts or peanuts in it, so I gave it all to my friends who did not have food allergies and who were always more than happy to get the extra candy.  My parents always bought safe candy for me (thanks mom!) to exchange with the candy I had collected so that I would not feel excluded from all the Halloween fun.  (Our go-to supplier was always Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.)  There never seemed to be a ton of awareness for kids with food allergies on Halloween, although I did have some neighbors who were always sure to buy nut-free candy because they knew about my allergies.  Food allergic kids trick-or-treating today have a great new opportunity.  Last year Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched the Teal Pumpkin Project (teal is the official food allergy color).  Participating households paint and display a teal pumpkin, which is the sign that non-food treats (such as key chains, bubbles, bracelets, coins, stickers, etc.) are available.  Get involved and learn more by going to the Teal Pumpkin Project.  All you need is a pumpkin (it can be big or small, real or fake) and a can of teal spray paint (release your inner graffiti artist!).  And stock up on non-food treats!

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