by Katie Kausch
Everyone knows the best part of Halloween is surveying your trick-or-treat haul, letting your parents steal their favorite candy (I don't think I ever had a Reese's left after my mom was done) and then devouring everything in sight.
But for some children, emptying out their bag is the worst part of the holiday -- because that's when trick-or-treaters with severe food allergies have to throw away all the things they can't eat. With 1 in 13 children having some type of a food allergy, that's a lot of candy.
The Teal Pumpkin Project wants to make sure every child can celebrate Halloween regardless of their allergies. The idea is simple: If your house has non-food treats, put a teal pumpkin outside so kids know that's a safe house for them.
Being part of the Teal Pumpkin Project doesn't mean you have to stop handing out candy -- it just means you're giving an allergy friendly option as well.
The project, which is run by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), is now in it's second year. Last year, 100,000 households across all 50 states took the pledge to be allergy free. If you can't paint a pumpkin, you can print out a poster to tape outside your home to signal non-food treats.
Great choices include stickers, crayons, little pots of clay and tiny coloring books -- just try and stay away from latex, FARE recommends, because some kids have latex allergies too. If you're still not sure, you can even order an official FARE Trick-Or-Treat Goodie Bag.
For more information on food allergies and the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can visit the Food Allergy Research and Education's website.