Teal Pumpkin Project

Teal Pumpkin

Halloween can be a scary time, but it’s even scarier if you or your child suffers from food allergies. With the growing rate of food allergies across the world, the thought of eating candy from a stranger may not be all that appealing. In the U.S. alone, 1 in 13 children suffer from a deadly food allergy than can range from milk, nuts, soy, eggs, and gluten (just to name a few).

This year FARE (food allergy research and education) is encouraging houses that hand out treats other than candy to put a teal pumpkin in front of their house. This teal pumpkin raises awareness of food allergies and allows kids with food allergies to still participate in the fun of trick or treating, but doing it safely. Some suggested non-food treats include festive small toys, pencils, stencils, stickers, bubbles, spider rings and glow sticks. Now, who wouldn’t love those!

For more information go to: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN

  1. Jack-o-lanterns were originally made from turnips, not pumpkins.
  2. The world’s largest pumpkin tipped the scales at 2,096 lbs in Klaistow, Germany this October.
  3. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol for the harvest and autumn and black is typically a symbol of death and darkness.
  4. Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to calm spirits who roamed the streets on Halloween.
  5. Dressing up as ghouls and ghosts originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits to escape being noticed by real spirits wandering the streets during Halloween.
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