Arts & Entertainment

Teal Pumpkin Project keeps Halloween safe for children with food allergies

361a92e932f297989bc5_Pumpkin_Teal.JPG
Teal Pumpkin Project keeps Halloween safe for children with food allergies
361a92e932f297989bc5_Pumpkin_Teal.JPG

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project is geared toward making Halloween less trick and more treat for children with food allergies.

FARE is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness and the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research. Launched as a national campaign in 2014, the goal of FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project is to keep Halloween fun and, most importantly, safe for all children by raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. 

By placing a teal-painted pumpkin on the doorstep or posting one of the organization’s free downloadable ‘Teal Pumpkin Project’ signs on a door or in a window, homeowners can let trick-or-treaters and their families know that they offer safe, non-food treats for children with allergies.

Sign Up for E-News

On Halloween, some inexpensive alternatives to candy that homeowners can hand out include small party favors or toys, stickers, tattoos, glow bracelets, crayons or Halloween-themed pencils – many of which can be purchased at a local dollar store.

“The Teal Pumpkin Project is an amazing way for kids with various food allergies to enjoy Halloween with less worry. They see a teal pumpkin or a sign and they know a safe candy/food or non-food items is available to them,” said Kristen Busch, a mom of two boys, ages 5 and 2 - each with a different food allergy.

A food allergy is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease; 15 million Americans currently have some sort of food allergy, including 1 in 13 children. Many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat – the most common allergens in both children and adults – and many miniature candy items do not have ingredient labels or allergen warnings, making it difficult for parents to determine whether these treats are safe.  

Additionally, in some cases, foods believed to be ‘safe’ may have been manufactured using the same equipment that process allergy-ridden items while others may have been cross contaminated somewhere along the way. This also goes for some boxed cake mixes used to make cupcakes and other pre-packed baked goods sold at bakeries, grocery stores and even Dunkin’ Donuts. With the Halloween season upon us, Dunkin’ Donuts is once again selling its ‘Reese’s’ products and while items such as Munchkins are normally safe for those with peanut allergies, there is the possibility that the donut holes could have come into contact with the seasonal peanut butter treats.

“In many cases, parents who don't have a child with a food allergy may not be aware of how upsetting it is for those children who do,” said Kerry Notino, whose 5-year-old son has a peanut allergy. “Children with food allergies often feel ‘excluded’ from simple things, such as classroom parties or trick or treating, simply because they cannot eat something.”

Notino continued, “The Teal Pumpkin Project not only lets the child with an allergy know that a safe alternative is available to them but shows that the homeowners took the initiative to ’include’ all children.”

For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project or to download a free sign to post on your door this Halloween, visit www.tealpumpkinproject.org. To view the Safe Snack Guide, visit http://snacksafely.com/safe-snack-guide/.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Conversations with Joan Herrmann: Think Independently, Create Limitless Opportunity

There is great power in independent thought, although these days, it seems group think is what we seem to get. Just because you hear it on the news or from a pundit doesn't mean it's true. In this conversation, Joan takes a look at how we can train ourselves to think more independently and challenge ourselves to get to our personal truth.

Q. I think people like to be accepted and ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

July 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 14 - 15

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday July 14

Tri harder Triathlon; Ginty Pool and Ginty Field; 8:30am

25th Annual George Gramby Softball Game; Cauldwell Playground; 9am

Urban Farm Stand is Open; 14 ...

Glen Rock Police Blotter - July 16

July 16, 2018

During the period between July 9 and July 15, 2018 members of the GRPD handled 255 calls for service, the highlights of which included:

July 9 -10:35 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop, P.O. Tarantino arrested a 34-year-old male out of Newark, NJ on an outstanding Passaic County warrant for unpaid child support. The male was transported to the Passaic County Jail and turned ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on July 16 announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease ...

Glen Rock Green Team Hosts "Plastic Ocean" Movie Screening July 31

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Green Team Interns will be hosting a movie screening of the documentary “Plastic Ocean”  on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Hall Council Chambers. Refreshments and food will be provided before the movie and a question and answer session will take place after the movie.

This life changing documentary is about the growing amounts ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus

Food Truck Festival at The Hermitage

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_9c2606794bc4352e25c9_hermitage-front-view-1

Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus

Food Truck Festival

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink

Carousel_image_d5793ba31df740344d18_cadmus_house

Sun, July 22, 1:00 PM

Cadmus House, Fair Lawn

Cadmus Museum Open House

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_b08b01172dd72d3c0114_hermitage_craft_show_photo_5_opt

Sat, August 11, 10:00 AM

Hermitage Museum, Hohokus

Hermitage Museum Outdoor Craft Show

Arts & Entertainment

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...