Trick-or-Treating for Kids With Allergies: How to Find a 'Safe' House

teal pumpkinOnce upon a time, handing out candy-free treats on Halloween was like asking your house to be egged. But in a time when one in every 13 kids has a food allergy, doling out glow sticks and rubber bracelets may just make your house the safest place on the block. But how do all those kids who need to avoid the milk, the nuts, and the other scary allergens hiding in the neighborhood know how to get to your house? By the teal pumpkin in your front yard, of course!

Don't have a teal pumpkin? You're going to want to get one.


Teal is the color for food allergy awareness, and the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort by the non-profit Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), has gone nationwide. Parents of kids with food allergies are being told to keep their eyes peeled for these stand-out gourds.

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All you have to do is pick up a pumpkin, throw on some teal paint, and place it outside. Then stock up on food-free (not just candy-free) treats to hand out to kids. The folks at FARE suggest reading labels to ensure treats are truly allergen-free -- Play-Doh, for example, contains wheat -- but what you hand out is really up to the limits of your imagination.

And if you still want to hand out candy, do it! Just place the food in a separate bowl so you don't contaminate the food-free treats.

What are you going to be handing out for Halloween this year?


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