For many children, Halloween is a favorite holiday — dressing in costume, trick-or-treating for candy, what’s not to like? But for some families Halloween is a potential nightmare. That may sound dramatic, but for children who have life-threatening food allergies, trick-or-treating can be really risky.
Chris Demain’s 5-year-old son, Izzy, is allergic to a long list of foods, many of them life-threatening. Demain said Halloween can be a tough holiday when candy for your child is off-limits.
“You feel like you are taking away their fun and you feel like you’re restricting people, but you have to, because in some cases it’s serious to the point of life-threatening,” Demain explained.
The Alaska Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is recommending something new, a program they’re calling “teal pumpkins.”
“Teal is the the color of food allergy awareness,” explained Dr. Teresa Neeno. “There are a significant number of kids who have food allergies, so having a teal pumpkin signifies that a house is offering treats that are not food related.”
Dale Knutsen, with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, said the treats don’t have to be boring and they don’t have to be expensive. She said things like slap bracelets, bubbles and plastic dinosaurs can be picked up in most craft stores or the bins at Target.
“Twenty dollars would easily handle one household with the trick-or-treating,” Knutsen said.
Putting a teal pumpkin on the porch let’s kids know these type of treats are available, according to Knutsen. The kind of treats that won’t make children sick.
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