One group is trying to make this Halloween season safe and fun for a group of kids who often are not able to freely participate: those who suffer from food allergies.
The group FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) started The Teal Pumpkin Project last year, and it has spread nationwide, with even some countries overseas joining in.
“In 2014, households from all 50 states and seven countries participated in the project. This year, the organization hopes for an even larger participation rate,” Patch.com reports.
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“We hope to surpass the goal of 100,000 households taking the pledge in the U.S.,” Blanka Monasterio-Redelick, one of the project’s backers, stated.
FARE has an online pledge people can take, so parents whose children have food allergies know safe places to go. It simply states:
This Halloween, I pledge to show some extra kindness to kids I know. I’ll get some non-food treats at the store like glow sticks, bracelets, stickers and more! I will put my teal pumpkin on proud display on my porch, in a window or on a bale of hay. My teal pumpkin means I support children with food allergies, because all kinds deserve to have a safe, happy Halloween.
Clair Roe’s 3 year-old son, Jacob, suffers from a dairy allergy. Last year, she swapped the candy he gathered with another “safe” bag of candy that she put together. “It would be amazing if a lot of houses would do that, because we could go just go trick-or-treating with his friends to all the houses in the neighborhood and he could get the treats or toys like everybody else,” the Washington, DC, area mother told Fox 5.
— FARE (@FoodAllergy) October 23, 2015
“Halloween is supposed to be a fun, community holiday. And this is one way to help show all of the kids in our lives that we care for them, and we want them to have a safe, fun Halloween experience,” said FARE spokesperson Veronica LaFemina.