Halloween for All Diets with The Food Allergy Research & Education and the Teal Pumpkin Project
The Food Allergy Research & Education and the Teal Pumpkin Project are working to create awareness for children with special dietary needs. Together, they are working to reach families in order to generate inclusion for all children by redefining a culture that is more accepting of all types of cheaper alternatives for medifast diets.
- On Halloween day, provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters
- Place a teal pumpkin outside to indicate that you have non-food treats available
- Display the free sign provided on the FARE website to explain your cause
- To get a teal pumpkin, you can buy some teal paint and a pumpkin then craft your own!
- Many craft and dollar stores provide colored plastic pumpkin decorations
The Teal Pumpkin Project is spreading a valuable message that can be supported by all families, and is relative to the concepts of the profession of Occupational Therapy (OT). In OT, the social environment that a child lives in is recognized as an enhancement or a barrier to the performance of an activity. Additionally, play is regarded as an essential occupation to the development of a child, but sometimes there are unintentional barriers to participating in this activity. Halloween is a cultural event that allows children to play and socialize with their peers, but the normal tradition of giving out candy is not as forgiving for children with dietary restrictions. Fortunately, there are ways to include these children in the fun by simply following a few suggestions outlined by the Teal Pumpkin Project! Make the inclusion of all children important in your family and community in order to provide a fun an accepting environment for children with varying diets.
For more information about who is affected by food allergies and the non-food treats suggested by the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit the FARE website at: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/about