If you are wondering why your news feed has been flooded with pictures of weirdly colored holiday pumpkins these past few days, it is because teal pumpkins help children with allergies on Halloween.
The days when one could hand out absolutely anything sweet to your never ending streak of trick-or-treaters are long gone. Sadly enough, medicine reports show that the number of people ailed by food allergies has grown significantly in the last few years. The reason why this is happening is yet unknown, although speculations can be made.
All this, of course, affects children the most. Since adults with allergies can shield themselves from foods that harm them, for children it is not that easy. They either don’t know the ingredients in sweets or are not capable of restraining themselves from eating them.
This is how the Teal Pumpkin Project appeared. It is a non-profit organization based on an idea two local women had, both mothers of allergy suffering children. They became scared that their children could be handed food with components bad for them absolutely anywhere, even in school. But, the most dangerous situation became Halloween.
On this particular night, the little ones roam their street from house to house, convincing their neighbors with their scary outfits to give them candy. And they may well receive absolutely anything, including foods that will trigger their allergies.
Therefore, our two heroine moms created a strategy through which they are trying to convince people to shift their idea about Halloween treats. Their plea is for people to pay more attention to what they hand out, because it is not hard to do. They could divide what they give out into regular sweets and non-allergenic ones.
Also, they could treat allergic children who come to their door on Halloween with non-edible treats, such as pencils, stickers, notepads, decks of playing cards, bouncy balls, or anything that tickles their fancy and is cheap enough for them.
This way, children suffering from different allergies will not feel left out and, more importantly, they will not be in any danger of eating sweets that will harm them.
The way to show you are doing this and that you are supporting the cause and the children is by placing a teal pumpkin in front of your door on Halloween. The clever moms suggest you turn this into a fun project for the whole family and paint one with your kids.
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