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Protecting kids by painting pumpkins

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm

As any parent can attest, the best part of Halloween is not parading around the streets and knocking on doors to gather candy. The highlight comes long after the first knock on the door, when families return home to sort through their spoils of the night. For most families, this means spreading out the candy and peering for any altered materials.

For families with a child who has a life-threatening allergy, the process is the same, but at times much less rewarding as they watch their piles of candy dwindle with every deathly threat being removed. For children who cannot eat candy at all, the holiday is one of disappointment. In the United States, one in 13 children have a food allergy. In addition, there are plenty of children who struggle with other diseases and disorders that make safely ingesting sweets out of the question.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) aims to change that with the Teal Pumpkin Project. Launched in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project encourages treat-sharers to place a teal pumpkin on their porch if they offer non-food treats for their trick-or-treaters.

These non-food items can be inexpensive gifts, like glow sticks or small toys that everyone – allergic, sensitive, or not – can enjoy. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness, hence the name of the project.

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