Teal pumpkins used for food allergies on Halloween: Celiac disease news
Trick-or-treaters may notice a new trend this year as they try to scare their neighbors with witch costumes and collect their chocolate candy. Teal pumpkins are showing up on people’s porches, and they have a special meaning that can help families on Halloween. The pumpkins indicate that the family inside is giving out non-food treats which are safe for people with allergies.
Halloween can be a difficult time for people with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities and other food allergies. The children may still want to dress up and go trick-or-treating, but their restricted diets make finding homes that offer safe candy a challenge. Although some people are committed to serving treats free from gluten, soy, dairy, nuts and other allergens, it is not a common occurrence. The teal pumpkins offer another option by giving trick-or-treaters the chance to enjoy Halloween without food risks.
The Teal Pumpkin Project from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) wants families to paint pumpkins teal and prominently display them if they are offering non-food treats. Some households are choosing to give out toys, pencils, stickers and other items instead of candy because it is safer for people with allergies. The idea is spreading quickly, and families who have loved ones with restricted diets or allergies are grateful that it will be easier to identify homes without candy.
The Teal Pumpkin Project offers ideas for treats that range from bracelets to crayons and suggests websites for purchasing the items in larger quantities. It also has a flyer that can be printed off that explains the meaning of the teal pumpkins. Instructions for painting a pumpkin are also available from the project, and teal paint can be found in retail stores and online.
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Image: Teal Pumpkin Project, Food Allergy Research and Education