Halloween is one of the most looked-forward to holidays of the year, but also one of the most difficult to navigate for parents of children with dietary restrictions, whether from food allergies or lifestyle choices.
But who said the holiday has to be about only chocolate and other edible sweet treats? Non-Profit FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) has launched what is quickly becoming an International campaign to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
Last year thousands of households across 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project, which was launched in 2014. Continuing the campaign this year, the campaign is expected to see more than 100,000 households participate, helping to make Halloween food allergy-safe and vegan-friendly.
How do you participate?
- Visit the campaign page to pledge your support to providing a safe and happy Halloween for everyone, and check out the great printables and shareable content
- Paint a pumpkin teal and place it at the front of your home on halloween night and so kids with allergies and other food restrictions know that yours is a safe house to trick-or-treat at
- Provide the option of non-food treats for trick-or-treaters that come to your door
Need some ideas for non-food treats? Check out our recently posted list of 15 fun and affordable allergy-safe Halloween treat ideas for great suggestions for non-food treats as well as allergy-friendly food ideas for a Halloween party.