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What Do All The Teal Pumpkins Mean?

You might notice that some doorsteps this year have added teal pumpkins to their display of traditional jack-o-lanterns. This movement – The Teal Pumpkin Project – is a way of letting parents and kids with food allergies know if a house is distributing allergy-friendly candy this Halloween!

Here are a few good reasons that you should consider joining the Teal Pumpkin movement, even if your child doesn’t have food allergies:

Because it’s nice. If your child suffers from food allergies, you know the stress of studying food labels and fearing that others might not do the same. And if you’re not one of these parents, you participate as a kind gesture to those parents. Save them time filtering through candy and save them the heartache of having to take Halloween candy away from their kids, which, as Jimmy Kimmell knows, can be really tricky.

Because it’s a learning opportunity. With food allergies becoming more prevalent and forming later in life, you never know if you or your child will have a food allergy that has yet to develop. Spending a little bit of time, once a year, to research and provide allergy-friendly options to kids could prepare you for if/when you find yourself serving as a caregiver to someone with a limited diet.

The same goes for your kids – let them take part in the planning, too! That way, they’ll be more educated about the dangers of exposing friends to harmful situations at school or as guests in others’ homes.

Because it will help inform your neighbors. If you do have a child with food allergies, this is an opportunity to spread awareness and build community. You can even hand out little care tips to parents, so that they can have them on hand to share with babysitters and other caregivers.

So, when you start planning your allergy-free candy stock (We’ve convinced you, right? Good!), try to plan around at least these most common types of food allergies. Kids and parents of all diets will jump for joy at the sight of the teal pumpkin on your porch!