Did you know there are 2.5 million Canadians who are affected by food allergies and more than 300,000 of those are children? Both Matt and I were lucky growing up that we never had to watch for what treats we received from our neighbours. Does anyone still hand out boxes of raisins? However, more children every year are having to miss out on the fun tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween night because of food allergies.
Food Allergy Research and Education also known as FARE is trying to change this with their Teal Pumpkin Project. The teal pumpkins are a symbol of allergy awareness intended to promote the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters. Homes across North America that display a teal pumpkin offer other items for Halloween such as pencils, stickers or colouring books.
We have painted a pumpkin teal colour this week and will proudly be displaying it on Halloween night. Want to get involved this year too? If you don’t have the supplies to paint a pumpkin teal you can simply print the following teal pumpkin and proudly display it in your window. Click here to download the teal pumpkin.
From our family to yours, wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween!