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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Teal Pumpkin Project and Food Allergy Awareness in Louisville, KY

What's the Deal with Teal this Halloween? Decorative pumpkins can be found everywhere this time of year.  If you walk onto someone’s porch this Fall and see a teal pumpkin take note, this pumpkin is not just a fashion statement , it is part of new initiative this Halloween called the Teal Pumpkin Project to support those with food allergies.  The project, which was started by a Tennessee-based food allergy group and now being promoted by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), encourages families to offer non-food treats for food allergic trick-or-treaters.  Displaying a teal pumpkin indicates that the house offers non-food treats and is supporting an allergy-friendly Halloween. 

It is estimated that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy, with many of those children at-risk for a life-threatening reaction.  Many Halloween candies contain allergens that could trigger a reaction.  The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to keep children safe and suggests offering non-food treats to your allergic trick-or-treaters so they too can have a fun and safe evening.  Good non-food options include stickers, pencils, tattoos, rubber balls or other small novelty items you can find in bulk at dollar stores, party stores or even online at sites like Oriental Trading Company.

Our daughter has a life-threatening allergy to all nuts so we will be proudly displaying our teal pumpkin and offering safe treats for those who have food allergies.  We know first hand how stressful Halloween can be and the Teal Pumpkin Project is a great way to support families who are dealing with food allergies on a very treat-filled holiday.  To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project or to download a sign to display with your teal pumpkin that shows you are participating in the project this Halloween click here.

Louisville is also offering another great Halloween option for those with Food Allergies.  Annie May’s Sweet Café a nut, soy and gluten free bakery on Frankfort Ave. will be hosting an Allergen Free Halloween Party on Friday, October 24th from 4:00-8:00pm.  Attendees can come in costume and enjoy vegan and allergen free funnel cakes, desserts, soft pretzels, and candy. They will also have allergen free corn dogs.  To get more details on this event or this great allergy-friendly café click here.

By guest contributor: Tami

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