Have a SAFE Gluten-Free Halloween 2017

I’ve written about the Teal Pumpkin Project® for years and I’m a huge supporter of FARE for starting a movement to include food-allergic (and even celiac) kids into Halloween. I can’t even imagine being a kid again and going door to door, but not being able to eat a thing. Or getting pillowcases full of candy, and not being able to eat any of it. While my celiac (and numerous other food sensitivities) didn’t show until I was an adult, I still remember Halloween being my absolute favorite and how I felt as a kid collecting endless candy and chocolate. If I did that now, I know that I’d be able to eat maybe 1/10th or less of what I brought home. I’d actually be thankful for those houses that hand out apples or floss too – kids don’t know what they’re missing! Regardless, we have FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to thank for this – a safe food allergy and gluten-free Halloween.

FARE Teal Pumpkin Project

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FAACT (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connections Team) launched their Teal Ghost program with Walmart where they feature non-food treats! While I’m not a fan of Walmart by any means, I ventured into one to snap a pic of the Teal Ghost area. It was pretty awesome to see almost half an aisle dedicated to non-food treats that are safe for little food-allergic or celiac goblins. And in stores that are literally everywhere across the country, and accessible by most people in the USA. I picked up a bunch of treats – even though I know that I will have zero trick-or-treaters this year. Halloween toys are just fun! Learn more about how to keep your food-allergic child safe this Halloween, and download posters from FAACT HERE.

FAACT Teal Ghost at Walmart

I personally think the next big thing is going to be Teal Pumpkin Unicorns! All you need is some felt, some pipe cleaners, some rhinestones, and a hot glue gun (and apparently fingers that love to be seared off with hot glue) to make this!

Teal Pumpkin Unicorn

Enjoy Life Foods just launched their NEW Halloween Minis in adorable themed packaging. The pumpkin bag has the Dark Chocolate Minis and the bat holds Ricemilk Chocolate Minis. The ghost packaging holds the Ricemilk Crunch Minis and the goblin bag holds a variety of all of them. Order them online NOW to have them in time for Halloween! These chocolates are certified gluten-free, certified vegan, and certified paleo, as well as free from the top 12 allergens.

Enjoy Life Foods Halloween Minis

Allergy Superheroes are a team of two food allergy parents that also have allergies themselves. Eileen and Dean are practically superheroes and are proud supporters of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference which I’m on the board for. It’s been a pleasure meeting them and watching them grow every year.
The Allergy Superheroes teal pumpkin candy bucket retails for $9.99 and is reusable for every Halloween! This bucket is latex free and available in bulk pricing too (help Allergy Superheroes by letting your favorite mom and pop store know it’s available in bulk!). Each one comes with standard US shipping.

Allergy Superheroes Candy Bucket

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The teal pumpkin glow-in-the-dark food allergy slap bracelets are a fun way to show that your little goblin (or adults, I still find slap bracelets cool), has a food allergy. They feature their signature Jack-Teal-Lantern. They retail for $5.99 each.

Allergy Superheroes Halloween Slap Bracelet

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Decorate your lawn this Halloween with teal pumpkin leaf bags. Live in Arizona like me and don’t have leaves? Use crumpled up newspaper that you can later recycle! They retail for $3.49 for two bags.

Allergy SuperHeroes Leaf Bag

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However, you can buy all three and get a deal for only $16.99! But Allergy Superheroes is giving one pack away to a lucky Celiac and the Beast reader in the US! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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We’re so lucky to be living in the best time for celiac and food allergy – with so much support from companies and non-profits that are helping little ones live their best Halloween ever! Have a happy and safe gluten-free Halloween!

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Comments: 12

  1. Evans B September 27, 2017 at 7:34 am Reply

    I started buying little toys, puzzles and school supplies for kids with allergies like my daughter. We’re going to paint our pumpkins teal as well to raise awareness.

  2. Susan September 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply

    This is such a wonderful project! I wish it was around ten years ago, when I was trick-or-treating, but not able to actually eat any of the candy. I always just gave it away to friends.

  3. Angelica September 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

    I will only buy gf candy, like m&m’s. Most kids wont notice why, but gf kiddos will like it. 🙂

  4. Carol September 29, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply

    this is awesome

  5. jules September 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

    I’m going to buy Enjoy Life Foods’ new allergen-free Halloween chocolates and also I love to give out popcorn balls. 🙂

  6. Crystal Richard September 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I love the teal pumpkin project! Before it existed I gave out pencils and fun Halloween items that weren’t candy. We dont live in an area that gets any kids to trick or treat. I will share about it in homes others will join in.

  7. Kate DeAgostino September 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Im not a fan of Walmart either, but I might have to stop in to get my daughter’s Pre-K class some goodies! Target has something similar but is way more expensive.

  8. Ali September 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply

    This is great!

  9. Karen September 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply

    I will be choosing Gluten Free and healthier choices this Halloween. Love Enjoy Life Foods Line

  10. Elaine October 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm Reply

    I buy different treats for different kids. Soft chocolate for kids with braces. Play dough and other non-food items for kids with food allergies.

  11. Sheryl Edwards October 1, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply

    I am buying gluten free and nut free treats to provide a safe food allergy Halloween! I will also be purchasing little toys that are safe for all trick or treaters.

  12. Dee Johnson October 2, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply

    I am going to make sure to have allergen friendly treats.

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