Halloween can be a tricky time for families managing food allergies because many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for everyone.

Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

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!

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While the Teal Pumpkin Project is a great way to bring the idea of food allergies to the forefront of people’s minds, Halloween happens one day a year. What happens during the next 364 days for people with food allergies and what happens if someone had a reaction at a party or in public and cannot be his or her own advocate when help arrives?

One way to combat such a problem is to record food allergies in a program like FootprintID, where users can upload and save all important medical records and allergy information for immediate access 24 hours a day from anywhere. Having food allergy information readily available on FootpritID, which may be shared with medical professionals any time, could literally make the difference between life and death.