For families with children who live with food allergies, Halloween can be a tricky time. The fun of trick-or-treating can be actually dangerous, if not life-threatening, when a child does not know what is in the Halloween treats.
In 2012, a Tennessee mother named Becky Basalone, whose son suffered from anaphylactic food allergies, had the idea to paint a pumpkin teal, the color for food allergy awareness, and put it on her doorstep for Halloween.
Basalone’s idea worked so well that in 2014, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) created The Teal Pumpkin Project which encourages people to display a teal pumpkin or teal colored sign at their front door let allergic trick-or-treaters and their parents know that safe treats are available.
The project has rapidly spread to all 50 states and 14 different countries as parents, neighbors and doctors help spread awareness of the impacts of food allergies.
“I think the Teal Pumpkin Project has been so meaningful for families affected by food allergies not only because it helps create a safer, happier Halloween for kids with food allergies, but also because it’s a movement that recognizes the seriousness of a disease they’re managing daily.”
– FARE senior director of communications Nancy Gregory.
To find out more and to take part: www.tealpumpkinproject.org