Teal Pumpkin Project brings light to trick or treat options

For the second year in a row, a Glendale neighborhood is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

GLENDALE, MO. - For the second year in a row, a Glendale neighborhood is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Meghan Winegrad organized the event and says several streets in her neighborhood plan to participate.

Homes displaying a Teal pumpkin will let parents know their little goblins will be getting safe, allergy-free candy or an alternative non-food treat.

The Teal Pumpkin Project has generated significant awareness on how Halloween isn't always fun or inclusive for kids with food allergies, Celiac Disease, feeding tubes, and other medical conditions. However, having a Teal Pumpkin-participating home scattered sporadically across various streets in the area doesn't necessarily transform Halloween for these kids.

With participating homes few and far between, it becomes impossible to plot a "full" trick-or-treating route that is safe and fun.

“Our neighbors have really come together to create a Halloween experience that’s really safe and fun for all kids no matter who they are,” said Winegrad .

Winegrad’s son, Kiefer, has food allergies and is helping decorate the Teal pumpkins. 

“We’re trying to make it fun for kids who have food allergies and they can’t eat certain foods, to have fun going trick-or-treating with their friends,” said Kiefer Winegrad.

The neighborhood event is open to all area residents who have children who may want to participate.

Winegrad asks that you contact the Glendale City Hall to find out the specific streets that are included.

If you wish to organize a Teal Pumpkin Project in your neighborhood you can find out more information from FARE at foodallergy.org.

(© 2016 KSDK)


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