Teal Pumpkin Project helps kids with food allergies feel ‘safe’ on Halloween

Teal Pumpkin Project helps kids with food allergies feel ‘safe’ on Halloween

Vancouver mom suggests offering non-food options like temporary tattoos and stickers

A Vancouver woman is encouraging families to offer more than just candy to kids on Halloween night and to let others know by placing a teal pumpkin outside their home.

Lisa Buckley is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project which promotes “non-food” options such as stickers, glow sticks or playing cards for kids who have allergies or cannot eat sweets.

Food Allergy Canada launched the project for the first time in 2015 after the U.S. successfully adopted the program in the previous year.

She and her husband sort through all candy before her daughter can even accept it in her treat bag. She says the project is a way to help her daughter to feel “safe” during a night as important as Halloween.

“There’s a way to do that by saying: sure, here’s something so you can be included too, that’s really easy [like] putting out a bowl of stickers.”