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This Halloween: Offer Non-Food Treats, Too

By Angela Lemond, RDN, CSP, LD // Oct 29, 2015

FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project

We see a ton of children and their families with a variety of food allergies here at Lemond Nutrition.  It is quite a life-encompassing ordeal living with a food allergy.  Add onto the fact that you are a child, and each year there is a holiday that involves a kid-centered celebration that exposes them to all kinds of exposure risk and you've got a recipe for heartache and challenges for these folks.  Don't let another child dread Halloween.  Let's band together and make things better for them!

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a growing initiative that was started by the Food Allergy Research & Education organization that encourages people to offer non-food treats at Halloween.  The process is simple:

1) Take the pledge.  By doing this, you will add your home address to a national database that allows families to know who is offering non-food treats.

2) Provide those non-food treats and let people know you are participating by placing a teall pumpkin outside your home and hanging a free, printable sign announcing your offering.

The cool thing is that you don't have to choose food or non-food giveaways - you can do both like we are doing in our home.  There is a sign that says you are providing both or just the non-food items.  The choice is yours.

Let us all support children and their families this Halloween by allowing them to enjoy Halloween like their friends.  The more homes out there that offer options for them, the more fun they will have this holiday season. And a bonus for your family!  This is such a great thing to teach our children by participating in an initiative like this - that it's important to think of others.  For more information on The Teal Pumpkin Project and other great things that the Food Allergy Research and Education organization is doing, visit http://www.foodallergy.org.

May you have a Happy and safe Halloween!  And remember, Halloween is only one night a year. Let your kids enjoy their treats.  For more of our thoughts on Halloween, see some of our previous year's posts.


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