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Free Halloween Event for Children

Sep 02, 2015 09:44AM ● By Erica Shames

Last year, the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) launched The Teal Pumpkin Project™ to “help build a new tradition that will help make this Halloween less scary for children with food allergies.”

This campaign, which quickly reached 5.5 million people on Facebook and attracted national media attention, encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Those choosing to participate in the project do so by painting a pumpkin teal—the color of food allergy awareness—and placing it in front of their house, along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available.

The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.

This year, Allergy Partners of Lewisburg is sponsoring a Teal Pumpkin Event Halloween Party for kids with food allergies. It takes place Oct. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Donald L. Heiter Community Center - Lewisburg, PA. All children are invited.

“We found out about this project through FARE when they posted this idea last year,” said Melanie Hunsinger, of Allergy Partners of Lewisburg. “We wanted to bring it to the attention of families across our region so last year we held a Teal Pumpkin Night at our office. It was the start of an annual event. We hope more folks will join in our effort to make Halloween more inclusive for children with food allergies.”

Kids should come dressed in their costumes and will enjoy treats, fun activities and a demonstration by Ender, the peanut-sniffing dog, at 4 p.m.

More information is at facebook.com/APLewisburg

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