It can be hard out there for a child with food allergies. Their parents, too. Every trip out of the house is a potential medical emergency in the making. Some of the worst allergies, like peanuts, can cause life-threatening symptoms in a split second, even from food that’s been processed on the same machines as peanuts. That makes most halloween candy off limits. Of course on Halloween, parents of young children with dangerous allergies will be extra vigilant, but kids are kids and accidents happen. It’s also incredibly disappointing to a child who just wants to feel like the rest of the kids to try and trick-or-treat, only to find that they can’t actually take anything from their generous neighbors.
That’s where the Teal Pumpkin Project Comes in. The idea is not to take anything away from children without allergies, but to let children who do have them know that there are non-food items available as an alternative to candy. The more teal pumpkins in a neighborhood, the fewer disappointments a child risks with every push of a doorbell.
You don’t have to paint all your pumpkins teal. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on alternative treats. But a few bucks in paint and cheap toys could brighten the day of a child or ten in your neighborhood, and isn’t that worth it?
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