Thursday, October 9, 2014

Food Allergy Awareness and Halloween!

My younger son had multiple food allergies until he was 2 1/2, when he (thankfully) outgrew them all. My elder son and I are both gluten free, and my niece has serious food allergies. Halloween can be a tricky holiday for families dealing with food allergies and differences, more than just those looking for tricks or treats. Do you let your child go out? How do you make sure only safe candy is consumed?

This year, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has a great idea to promote both food allergy awareness and provide safe treats, and it's easy to take part!
The concept is simple: food allergy families (and anyone who is interested in supporting those with food allergies) simply purchase non-food treats, paint a pumpkin purple, print a blue pumpkin poster, post it on the porch and be prepared to hand out non-food items to children who need them.

Even with my weak organizational system, I can handle this one. It's easy to print a poster, and I'm glad to have some trinkets on hand to allow those who can't eat the candy a fun experience, too. We might not get a pumpkin painted, but even the sign is enough to raise awareness.

Check out the website, paint a pumpkin and share a little fun for kids with food allergies.

To print your blue pumpkin sign: http://blog.foodallergy.org/2014/10/06/the-teal-pumpkin-project-for-an-allergy-friendly-halloween/

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Heather H loves painting pumpkins much more than carving pumpkins.

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