If you see a teal pumpkin this Halloween, don’t be scared, it’s to let kids with food allergies know that house is handing out non-food treats.
After a successful launch in the U.S. last year, Food Allergy Canada is spreading awareness of the Teal Pumpkin Project from coast to coast in 2015.
The initiative encourages people to paint their pumpkins teal – the colour of food allergy awareness – this Halloween to let kids with allergies know they’re handing out non-food treats such as such as stickers, glow sticks, or playing cards. It essentially removes the trickiness of trick-or-treating for roughly 300,000 Canadian children who suffer from food allergies.
“With no cure on the horizon, it’s a quick way to include everyone,” says Beatrice Povolo, director of Food Allergy Canada.
For parents of children with food allergies, the project also eliminates the tedious task of scanning candy labels for traces of wheat, dairy, eggs, and nuts – the foundation of pretty much everything making its way into a pillowcase on October 31st.
Anything that prevents minors from ingesting kilos of sugar in one sitting should also be enthusiastically welcomed.