The Teal Pumpkin Project

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Happy Monday! If you’re anything like me and always want to channel your pre-teen days, then you’ve currently got the new Taylor Swift album blasting.

If that is a yes, which let’s be real here, it probably is if you’re reading this blog. Then we totally understand each other. Soulmates, you and me.

I can’t believe Halloween is in a few days! This weekend in my little cutesy coastal town we celebrated with a tradition my mom’s school, Ohana Institute, started. We decorate scarecrows for each of our community members, AKA restaurants and shops, and put them up all around town and there’s a bake sale, and pumpkin carving, and costumes everywhere, and it’s awesome and I love it.

I’m sure as you’re gearing up for this Halloween you’re unlike the other billion parents in this world, as in you’re in a total meltdown mode freaking out about your kid. Or, if you’re the allergy person, then you’re freaking out about yourself. This is probably your worst nightmare as a parent. Having your kids surrounded by food that they are allergic too. And every year it’s the same. Sometimes they even do have a reaction and the holiday is ruined. But every year you let them dress up and walk around with their friends to experience this fun holiday while you hover like a helicopter and stay in full-blown panic attack mode.

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Well thanks to FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, a new tradition is being made that might ease some of your serious and understandable worry. FARE has started the Teal Pumpkin Project.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is literally painting pumpkins teal to show you offer allergy friendly non-food treats on the trick or treat circuit. Such a great idea.

You can get your kids excited for the holiday by painting some of your own pumpkins teal, and then teach them to look for these pumpkins while they are out trick or treating, and you can feel a little better about letting them join in on the experience.

According to FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project page, this project’s desire is to promote safety, inclusion, and respect of people with food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.

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So if you still haven’t carved all your pumpkins, maybe get some friends together and paint your pumpkins teal. Even let your friends take one home to show that they offer allergy-friendly treats too!

FARE also offers some great resources to help promote this movement, including awesome “I Support the Teal Pumpkin Project” stickers and “We Have Candy and Non-Food Treats Here” posters to hang up all around town!

I know I’ll be showing my support for the Teal Pumpkin Project and sharing it with all my friends. Let’s work on making Halloween a safe and enjoyable experience for kids with food allergies, and help reduce some of your anxiety as Mom and Dad so that you can enjoy the fun holiday too!

Have a happy and safe Halloween, paint some cute pumpkins teal, and trick or treat with enjoyment!

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By the way, how cute are my sweet puppies? They are such models.

Emma is on the left, Charlie is on the right.

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