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Montreal Families

Kids with food allergies can still enjoy Halloween

For many parents and children, goblins and ghosts are the least frightening aspects of Halloween. Some children cannot enjoy trick-or-treating because of life-threatening food allergies. This is why Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE) has launched the Teal Pumpkin Project to allow all kids to enjoy the fun of Halloween.

An Allergy-Free Halloween

The campaign encourages people to raise awareness about food allergies by providing non-food treats in lieu of chocolate and candy. Those participating are asked to paint a pumpkin teal, the colour of food allergy awareness, and place it outside their house in order to signal that they are providing alternative treats. If you don’t have time to paint a pumpkin, FARE also offers free printable signs you can put outside your house.

Candy Alternative Ideas

Not sure what kind of treats to get other than candy? Here are a few things you can pick up at a dollar store:

  • glow sticks
  • bracelets and necklaces
  • bubbles
  • notepads and playing cards
  • Halloween pencils, erasers and pencil toppers
  • vampire fangs
  • stickers

Even if you want to continue to give out traditional Halloween sweets, consider making two bowls: one with typical fare, the other with non-food treats. The gesture can go a long way in making Halloween an inclusive experience.

To learn more about FARE, the Teal Pumpkin Project, and how you can help kids with food allergies enjoy Halloween, visit foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.

Related Read: Simple Halloween safety tips


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