It’s that time of year, where there’s pumpkin everything, colder weather, Halloween parties, and of course, tons of sweets. For most of us, it’s an exiting time of year for sugar highs, and togetherness. For others, it’s the time of year to feel left out and awkwardly different; particularly for your little ones.
Why? Because there are some little ones that have terrible food allergies and can’t eat most things that are handed out for Halloween. OR, some of us parents, myself included, are so disgusted with the ingredients in today’s sweets that most of the candies get thrown away leaving us with tantrums and very upset little ones. I mean, have you SEEN what’s in the sweets today? There’s tons of partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, loads of sugar, and don’t even get me started with the continual use of food dyes.
ENTER FARE’s (Food Allergy Research & Education) Teal Pumpkin Project. What does that mean? It means that on Halloween night, you provide an alternative to the standard sweets that are given out that night. This includes non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, crayons, or any other non-food bulk item you can find on sites like Amazon.com or Oriental Trading Company.
Then on Halloween night in addition to your Jack O’ Lanterns in the front of your home, you would display a Teal Pumpkin. That way when little ones are out on the streets Trick OR Treating, they can distinguish homes that have friendly items for their little ones.