Every year children look forward to Halloween but some parents who have children with allergies consider skipping trick or treating. However, some residents in Central Illinois joined a movement called The Teal Pumpkin Project. This project encourages participants to offer non-food items to trick or treaters.
Liz ward from Washington learned about it through social media and immediately got involved.
“I love Halloween and I love the kids dressing up. I’m usually the adult out there in a banana costume and I really wanted kids to be able to truly enjoy it. There were plenty of kids who because of allergens couldn’t even go out to trick or treat and show off their costumes,” said Liz ward, project participant.
This year Liz’s candy alternatives are maracas, eye masks and whistles.
Others like Megan got involved after witnessing the experiences of her younger brother and now her own daughter.
“She’s one but she already has been tested and has quite a few severe allergies, including peanuts. Its just kind of scary to me that if she reaches into her bag one day she could pull out something that contains peanuts and could cause her to have a severe reaction. So I wanted to get started to make a movement to help other people be able to see that there’s other things that we could be giving our kids,”said Megan.
Joining the movement is as simple as placing a teal pumpkin in front of the home, as a sign that there’s other options.
“I hope that if someone finds this of interest. If you know a child who has allergens, that you will consider participating,” said Liz.