The Teal Pumpkin Project for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

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AND .. THIS! This is wonderful awareness and inclusion for all the children out there! We will be doing this in our part to make it a safe and fun Halloween for all who come to our house.

I can just see Miss Watermelon’s face light up in my mind’s eye as we post the teal pumpkin poster FARE provided. I can foresee a time in  years to come when we see more and more of these on our little excursion in our neighborhood Halloween night!

Thank you, FARE!!

This Halloween, FARE is encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition: painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!

Purchasing inexpensive non-food treats to hand out is a great way to include all children in trick-or-treating, and we hope that the Teal Pumpkin Project will be a tradition for years to come.

Examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, stamps, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils. Oriental Trading is a website used by many parents to order these items.

Print out FARE’s teal pumpkin poster to post next to…

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Sometimes its Food Fun Time/ Sometimes its Epi know how time.

I just had to share a post from another allergy blog that I follow. She shares the nuts and bolts and talked with an allergist about the recent tragic deaths that occurred in children with food allergies.

http://www.gratefulfoodie.com/allergic-reations-use-epi-first-ask-questions-later/

Kids with food allergies can have fun with food too?!

YES! While my eldest child will not complain to receive some of her favorite treats in lieu of building with pretzels, gummies and frosting…there is something to be said for making a way for her to participate in these fun snack shenanigans!

The goal of this blog is to be a blessing and resource to other moms and caregivers looking to provide allergy friendly and fun snacks for children with food allergies and sensitivities.

Have your kids with allergies been to Mother’s Day Out, Preschool, Camp, VBS?

Have these places ever offered creative snack crafts that your child couldn’t eat?

Have you ever wanted to provide them the same fun and sensory experience the activity provided but in a safer way?

Or maybe you’re a teacher or someone planning these type activities ..is there a way to make if fun, safe and inclusive for everyone?

I have been in both of these situations. It wasn’t until I walked a mile in my “Momma shoes” that started to wonder if my time, research and ideas could be a help to others. My daughter, “Miss Watermelon” began preschool with her food allergies to egg and sesame when she was three. I learned to dread snack crafts!!! I had a learning curve of managing food and life with a non top 8 allergy ( sesame). In addition, I’m admittedly an earth muffin-y mom who wants my kids to know and appreciate real food without tons of sugar, processing, and artificial colors. While that is my lean, ultimately I will send my kiddo with allergy friendly marshmallows when duty calls! All in the name of FUN FOOD FOR ALL(ergies) !

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Meet Miss Watermelon -she is in charge of quality control for allergy friendly snacks and food fun around here.