Teal is the New Orange- (updated post for 2016)
In pumpkins that is…
Photo credit: @lifeonemeraldlane via Instagram.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is in its third year in the US. The idea is that households place a teal coloured pumpkin outside their house on Halloween if there are allergy- friendly goodies on offer to trick or treaters.
The Teal pumpkin project is the brainchild of FARE at foodallergy.org in the US. In 2014 50 states and 7 nations took part, with an impressive 100,000 households expected this year. The idea is catching on here in the UK too with an interactive map on FARE’s website indicating houses in the UK that are participating this year.
With almost 1 in 12 children in the UK affected by a food allergy it is a huge problem here as well. Common allergens are dairy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, soya and treenuts.
So what allergy friendly items can you offer? They could be healthy or free from treats such as YumEarth lollipops although FARE suggest non-food items such as a tiny colouring books or a bouncy ball or glow in the dark bracelet perhaps.
We love the inclusivity of the Teal Pumpkin Project, trick or treating should be available to all. We will watch with interest to see if the idea catches on here too.
To get involved see http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.Viehan6rTIU or search on social media for #tealpumpkinproject for more resources and printable posters.
"The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)."