Hello friends! Debbie Downer here asking YOU to support the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween by handing out non-food items to your trick-or-treaters. What? Why would I want to do that? Well, I’m glad you asked! I realize that part of the fun of Halloween is that it’s the ONE day out of the year that kids can take candy from strangers. And even better, they can take as much of it as they can get.
But did you know
- According to Food Allergy Research and Education, approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies. (And that number continues grow)
- 38.7 percent of children with food allergies have a severe reaction some leading to death
- 1 in every 13 children have food allergies
Tell me more about teal pumpkin
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement started by Food Allergy Research and Education (aka FARE). It was initiated in 2014 with the goal of raising awareness to food allergies, and making Halloween safer for ALL. Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the movement.
It’s easy to do!
All you have to do is paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch, stoop or doorstep along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate you have non-food treats available. Trust me, you’ll make a family and a child very happy. I know what I’m talking about here because I have food allergies and my sister was a diabetic.
To print your free teal pumpkin sign or to get some non-food treat ideas go to foodallergy.org