By: Mission Healthy Living
October 29, 2015
Halloween is in two days and soon the streets of neigborhoods all over the nation will come alive with ghouls, goblins, ghosts, princesses and superheros of all kinds in search of treats from every house they visit.
While each destination may be decorated with larger-than-life creatures, bales of hay, glowing jack-o-lanterns and other spooky sights, some will have a teal pumpkin sitting on their front porch.
The purpose? To let children with food-allergies and their parents know that the house is a safe stop on their route, providing non-food items to trick or treaters who may otherwise not be able to eat most of the "treats" normally given on Halloween night.
According to Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE), 1 in 13 children in the U.S. are affected by food allergies which may obviously make Halloween somewhat less enjoyable. To help put an end to this uneasiness, FARE began the Teal Pumpkin Project which allows homes to signify to trick or treaters and their parents that they have other options available on Halloween night, eliminating the anxiety that comes with the usual treat-- candy or other food items with unknown ingredients.
If you're attending tonight's rescheduled Pottstown Halloween Parade, you'll see teachers from the Pottstown School District doing something similar, giving away books instead of candy in order to expand the access of books to kids in the community. They'll also be distributing books at the Pottstown Homecoming game which happens to be on Halloween this year.
The Teal Pumpkin initiative doesn't have to be an expensive feat. Small fun toy-like items, puzzles, etc. that can be found at discount stores like a dollar store are the types of items that can be handed out instead of candy. Children that can't always enjoy the candy being given out will be able to enjoy the holiday just as much as everyone else.
To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit here.