An estimated one in thirteen children live with a food allergy, some of which are threatened by sweet treats associated with the Halloween holiday. Keeping an eye on ingredients while enjoying the Halloween holiday puts an added stress on families.
“That means having to read every label for every food you may consume,’ said Veronica LaFemina with Food Allergy Research and Education. “That means every meal of every day of every snack. And so this is something that affects all areas of life for the children and families managing this disease.”
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages parents to place a teal colored pumpkin out front, indicating an allergen-free home. These homes will pass out non-food items to trick-or-treaters, an idea that could benefit more than just allergies.
“We’ve also heard responses from kids and their families who are managing other diseases such as diabetes, or celiac disease, ADHD, autism – so there’s a great benefit to many, many children,” LaFemina said.
An interactive map displaying the Teal Pumpkin homes in Missouri can be found at foodallergy.org.