For many children, Halloween is a night of (safe) revelry, where dentists’ recommendations are put on hold and sweet treats comes by the pillowcase-full. But for many other children with food allergies and sensitivities, celebrating Halloween can be quite tricky.
Making Halloween a Joyous Holiday for Everyone
Which is why we’re excited to support the Teal Pumpkin Project™, a national initiative launched last year by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) that “raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.”
How it works: Visit the Teal Pumpkin Project™ website and download a free printable sign, which you can display on your front door or in a front window on Halloween night. This will indicate to all families that you have non-food treats available, ensuring that all kids will get a chance to score some cool loot and have a very Happy Halloween.
Food Allergies at Explo
At Explo, we take food allergies and sensitivities very seriously and are thoughtful about how the entire community handles serious allergies. We believe that food and other allergies are not just an individual problem — they are a community concern.
On each of our campuses, we work with students, their families, and dining services to ensure every need is addressed and met, and that students always have nutritious and delicious options available to them. Our Wheaton and Wellesley campuses feature peanut and tree nut-free cafeterias, and at all three campuses, gluten-free and dairy-free options are available, and food ingredients are clearly labeled and separated.
Here are three ways to participate in FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project™:
- Take the Pledge: Join 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™.
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available.
- Make a Gift: Support FARE's research, education, advocacy and awareness programs that make a difference for the 15 million Americans living with food allergies.