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Most of us have great childhood memories of Halloween, from costume planning to school parties to trick-or-treating… such fun!

Wouldn’t it be great if ALL children could share those great memories?

For children with food allergies and for their parents, Halloween can be more of a nightmare than a fun adventure in dressing up.

The abundance of allergens being thrown around in every venue imaginable is mind boggling and (mostly junk) food is the star of every show.

Well, thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project, every single one of us can help more children feel included in a great Halloween!

It’s cheap, it’s easy, and you can feel great knowing that you’ve made a child with allergies smile and feel as validated as every other kid out there. All you have to do is buy non-food treats! You can stake out your local dollar store, give out birthday party prizes, fancy pencils, arts-and-crafts supplies… the opportunities are endless.

Kid clownBetter yet, make this a family project. Choose a project or two a number of weeks ahead of time. Buy craft supplies and teach your kids how to make whatever it is you would like to give out. When the Mom-I’m-bored’s hit, you have a great activity to offer!

Before trick-or-treat night (or season, depending on your area) print yourself out a Teal Pumpkin poster to hang near your door, or even out at the street if that’s a ways away. There are numerous free options available through internet searches or make your own.

Making it a great Halloween for kids with food allergies is easy and cheap, it only requires awareness. Enjoy!

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