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Halloween for Kids – Trick, Treat or Teal
Halloween will be here before you know it! Kids are getting excited about picking out their favorite costumes and looking forward to going door to door for Halloween treats. For children and parents of children with food allergies, Halloween can be extra scary. Food allergies affect 1 in 13 children in the United States and for many can be life-threatening. Foods like nuts, eggs, chocolate, dairy and wheat are common allergens and are often found in many Halloween treats. For children with allergies, trick or treating can be disappointing as they are unable to eat many of the treats in their bags.
About 3 years ago the Teal Pumpkin Project was launched in consideration of children with food allergies. The idea behind this project was to make Halloween fun, safe and enjoyable for children with food allergies. By placing a “teal” colored pumpkin by your door on Halloween both parents and children will know that you are handing out non-food treats. Some fun non-food options include crayons, mini-coloring books, small toys and glow sticks. For more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project click on: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project
Along with trick or treating, some families like to celebrate Halloween by making homemade treats. You can get your kids to help you make colorful Harvest Hash Chex Mix at http://onelittleproject.com/harvest-hash-chex-mix/
Happy Cooking and Happy Halloween!!
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