October 2, 2019

How to Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project During Halloween

Halloween has always been an exciting time for children. What kid doesn’t want to dress up as Spiderman while running around the neighborhood with their friends? But you can’t bring up Halloween without talking about the candy. From Snickers to candy corn to giant gum-balls, almost every type of candy is given out to kids in their trick-or-treat bags.

Why the Teal Pumpkin Project is important

The unfortunate news is that 1 out every 13 kids is unable to participate in the candy madness due to food allergies. Instead of going home and devouring every last bit of candy, they have to spend time filtering through the treats with their parents so they don’t eat anything that could cause a reaction. This leaves a lot of kids feeling left out of one of America’s favorite holidays.

The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to include all kids in a happy and safe Halloween.

How you can help

The idea behind it is very simple. Any house displaying a teal pumpkin outside is a place that serves non-food treats for any kid to enjoy! Here’s some of the treats typically given.

  • Slinkies
  • Crayons
  • Rings
  • Noisemakers
  • Stickers
  • Erasers
  • Bouncy Balls

Children who suffer from food allergies already feel excluded from many things in life. Halloween doesn’t need to be one of those times, and the joy of trick-or-treating should involve every child. Even if you’re a household with no food allergy sufferers, the Teal Pumpkin Project is important so every child can be involved this Halloween.

To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can visit their website here.

Nana Mireku, MD

As an allergy sufferer herself and being the parent of a food-allergic child, Dr. Mireku is passionate about providing relief for her allergic patients. She believes in empowering her patients and their families through education of their diseases.