Put Out A Teal Pumpkin To Show You’re Food Allergy Safe
This time of year, when I was a kid, we just threw on our crappy plastic costumes and hit the streets like a pack of wild dogs. Barely any adult supervision. Other than maybe a stern warning from parents eager to send their kids out of the house for some much needed quiet time, before the kids came back so high on sugar that they acted like ping pong balls filled with fire crackers.
These days, it's not always so simple. Again, when I was a kid, food allergies were barely recognized on a regular basis, and usually misdiagnosed. But these days, tons of kids have them. And believe it or not, there's something really cool you can do about it.
The Teal Pumpkin Project began back in 2014 as a way to offer kids with allergies a signal to know that there were things for them at your house. Dr. Elias Akl, an allergy and immunology specialist from Eastern Maine Northern Light Health was telling WABI TV5 about it recently. Folks can hand out all kinds of other things like, sticker, pencils, small toys, etc. Kids just like to feel included.
If you check out FoodAllergy.org and go to the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can find all the info about how to become a teal pumpkin house yourself. You can add yourself, and also check out where there are other houses as well.
And they're not saying you shouldn't hand out candy to other kids, in fact they quite encourage it! But this way, everyone can have an awesome time out trick or treating.