Click on the above images to download or copy/paste the Poster or be taken to the Teal Pumpkin Project's download page where you can print out flyers to display in your window to participate in Safe Treats.
Safe Treats and the Teal Pumpkin Project
Safe Treats provides Aztec’s children a safe opportunity to go Trick-or-Treating at participating local businesses in Aztec. The Aztec Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project™ to help us create a safer, happier Halloween for all!
Launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement by joining 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™!
FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
I didn’t know this was a problem. Why is Halloween a challenge for families managing food allergies?
Food allergies are a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and a growing public health issue. In the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy – that’s roughly two in every classroom. For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.
Virtually any food can cause a reaction. Many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are some of the most common allergens in children and adults. Additionally, many miniature or fun-size versions of candy items contain different ingredients than their full-size counterparts and some miniature candy items may not have labels, so it is difficult for parents to determine whether these items are safe for their child with food allergies.
Non-food treats provide a safe, fun alternative for children with food allergies and for other children, such as those with diabetes or celiac disease, for whom candy may present a problem.
The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).
Participating businesses are encouraged to have a “Safe Treats” poster displayed in their window and may also display the “Teal Pumpkin Project” poster if they choose to participate with non-food treats. While the Aztec Police Department is always present for Safe Treats, please be sure your child is accompanied by an adult and is wearing reflective material while Trick-or-Treating.
Individuals are also encouraged to participate in FARE’s “Teal Pumpkin Project. Resources and information can be found at www.foodallergy.org.