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Adding a teal pumpkin to your porch shows you support trick-or-treaters with food allergies or intolerances

Halloween and trick-or-treating are just around the corner. That means dressing up, scary movies, and of course, candy! Most kids look forward to Halloween; and as soon as the big bags of candy hit the shelves and costumes are out, it’s time to start the celebration. But it might not be as exciting for kids or adults with food allergies or intolerances, such as CSID. Thankfully some clever people have stepped up to advocate for this group of people, and new ideas have evolved.

This year instead of the traditional orange pumpkin, add a teal colored pumpkin to your front porch décor. This teal pumpkin shows trick-or-treaters that you have a non-food option for them. These items don’t have to be the toothbrush and floss that the neighborhood dentist always hands out, but they can be fun trinkets like bubbles, stickers, or other small party favors.

But what happens if your neighborhood doesn’t have teal pumpkins displayed? This is a great opportunity to teach kids about kindness to others by donating collected candy to a non-profit organization or local agency. You can also schedule a candy trade with your neighborhood friends. The kids can swap out candy they can’t eat for something that does work for them.

Eye have an idea!

If you have to bring food to a party, create things such as eyeballs made from mini baby-bell cheese, a black olive, and a food marker to make the eye creepy. There are plenty of fun ideas online that don’t require a ton of prep and would be suitable for many kids, even those with allergies.

Times are changing, and more food intolerances are being identified. Making the occasion more about family, friends, and fun and less about the food will help make Halloween more enjoyable. No one will even miss the sweets!

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