Sunday, 18 November, 2018

MA: Teal Pumpkin Project Provides Alternatives For Some Trick-Or-Treaters

Teal Pumpkin Project indicates where allergy free non-food Halloween treats can be found. Stock image Teal Pumpkin Project indicates where allergy free non-food Halloween treats can be found. Stock image
Samantha Long | 02 November, 2018, 03:15

Teal pumkins are trending now because they are a symbol for the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Teal pumpkins are popping up on porches around the country, including here in the Quad Cities.

Kristin Kolaszewski, a Green Bay area mom, knows how tricky Halloween can get when there's a child at home with food allergies.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is getting the word out about the Teal Pumpkin Project which asks residents to provide non-food alternatives for Trick-Or-Treaters who may have food allergies.

Every year, thousands of kids dress up in their costumes and head out for Halloween fun, but have their night ruined when the candy they receive contains ingredients that they are allergic to.

Brazos County sex offenders check in on Halloween night
"It says the sheriff shall and it says that the sheriff shall in fact notify each community of the presence of sex offenders". Long says 2,500 to 4,000 children attended the event each year. "I'm not trying to humiliate 'em or anything like that".

Hy-Vee is now selling $1 gifts and teal pumpkins, hoping that more people will participate in this project.

Showing that Halloween can be enjoyable for everyone, houses hosting a teal pumpkin are sure to have friendly faces and treats for everyone.

Affordable non-food items are available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, and low-priced items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if a resident chooses to hand out both options. Their mission: "Raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick or treaters throughout the Halloween season".

According to FARE, there are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out.

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