"All people need to do is have a teal pumpkin or sign outside their door to show they have non-edible treats (such as little toys or glow sticks) as an alternative to candy, or in addition to candy they're already handing out available for children with food allergies", she said.
Non-food treatsThrough her work with the organization, she is a major proponent of the Teal Pumpkin Project, which, according to the FARE website, "encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies", while promoting "inclusions of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season" by providing non-food treats and placing a teal pumpkin outside your home.
Those treats can be off limits to children with food allergies.
Tami Marks has a 4-year-old with a food allergy and sometimes trick-or-treating is scary.
A map of houses in Spokane participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project can be seen here.
What does the teal pumpkin mean? "We know that it's making a difference in so many lives and we are thrilled to grow this campaign on behalf of children who have food allergies, which are potentially life-threatening". The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. This indicates to passersby that you have non-food treats available. "It's clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously". This will help explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin to visitors to your home.
First, some non-food items still contain food allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay, which may contain wheat.
On Halloween, some low-priced alternatives to candy that homeowners can hand out include small party favors or toys, stickers, tattoos, glow bracelets, crayons or Halloween-themed pencils - many of which can be purchased at a local dollar store. You can also display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE. This way all kids can safely be included in Halloween activities.