Tricks And (Non-Allergenic) Treats: Project Aims For Halloween Inclusion

Leslie Hanson
November 2, 2018

"Right now, in some of the stores, the Christmas lights are out and they have different teal versions of those lights and they can be strung across the porch, or on a pumpkin".

Since 2014, the non-profit group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has asked parents and kids find people offering allergy-friendly alternatives by placing a teal pumpkin on their doorstep.

With Halloween less than a day away, many are preparing for the holiday in more ways than one - including goodies for eager trick-or-treaters.

Residents are encouraged to buy non-food goodies and then set a teal pumpkin outside their house to let trick-or-treaters know they have a treat that isn't food. All of the Hy-Vee's in the Quad Cities are also participating in this initiative. Lindsay Wiese a dietitian with the Utica Ridge Hy-Vee says this not only allows other children to enjoy Halloween, but it's also important.


According to FARE, there are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out.

The potential risk of getting an allergic reaction means that many kids are left out of the trick-or-treating tradition.

Some options of nonfood treats you can give out are stickers, notepads, bouncy ball, and glow sticks.

"We wanted to get onboard with them and harness that energy to bring it to Victoria and make people more aware that people do have food allergies", said Victoria Fire Asst.

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