October 31, 2014, - 2:42 pm

Halloween ABSURD: Do You Know What a Teal Pumpkin Means?

By Debbie Schlussel

Happy Halloween. Do you know what a teal pumpkin means? Here’s a hint: it doesn’t mean you’re gay. But it does mean you are politically correct . . . as far as the food police and peanutzis are concerned. Apparently, teal is the new black. And the new color signifying we’re even more of a nation of wusses than we were last Halloween. Congrats, America.


This Halloween, Food Allergy Research & Education, a national nonprofit group, is encouraging communities to put teal-painted pumpkins or free printable signs in their front yards to alert trick-or-treaters they have nonfood offerings in addition to candy. “We’re hoping this becomes a tradition for years to come,” said Veronica LaFemina, FARE’s campaign spokeswoman. The Teal Pumpkin Project is not an effort to scrub Halloween of its traditional candy treats but instead an effort to help kids with food allergies, including those at risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis.

The campaign launched Oct. 7 on Facebook and quickly went viral. “Within 72 hours, our first two posts reached 2.7 million people,” LaFemina said..” The campaign was inspired by a mom in Tennessee whose family painted a pumpkin teal — the color that symbolizes food allergies — at an allergy-friendly ‘trunk or treat’ event in 2012 and later displayed it on their porch at Halloween and offered nonfood items.

“My youngest son has a history of anaphylaxis and in 2012 was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies,” Becky Basalone told AllergicLiving.com. “Halloween is scary because it is so food-focused.” The idea to paint pumpkins teal and to offer nonfood treats caught the attention of FARE. “We thought it was a fantastic idea,” LaFemina said, “and offered to take it national.” . . .

It’s not just private homes — the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul also has gotten into the blue-green spirit: At its members-only Halloween parties Wednesday and Thursday, staff with nonfood treats wear teal stickers to catch the attention of families with allergies. “We thought it was such a cool idea,” said Angela Burns, museum spokeswoman. “There are so many children with food allergies today, it’s a natural fit for us to offer something like that.” . . .

Jameson Butler of West St. Paul and Kaleb Wiplinger of Inver Grove Heights have a lot in common: They’re 4; they’re in preschool; and they’re both excited about Halloween. Halloween is a bit scarier for Kaleb, though, because of his allergies to peanuts and eggs. This is where his friend, Jameson, wants to help.

“Jameson went to the Dollar Store with his dad to pick out trinkets like glow sticks or those inflatable washcloths, things for kids like his best friend, Kaleb,” said Dawn Butler, Jameson’s mother. “We’ve also painted a pumpkin teal and put it on our doorstep and printed out the FARE posters. This is a teachable moment for my kids: This is how we try to be inclusive. It’s easy; it’s supportive; let’s do it.”

Awwww. Let’s hear it for inclusive America. By the way, pretty soon, this “inclusive” family won’t be celebrating Halloween, out of respect for intolerant Muslims. That’s actually already happening in some “American” neighborhoods.

All of this makes the Jimmy Kimmel parody video I posted the other day seem oh so real. Sadly, it is. I would say I have a “teachable moment” for all of these kids with food allergies on Halloween: don’t trick or treat; stay home. But, the real “teachable moment” is that we’ve succumbed to bowing to every minority, including food minorities. We are now a soft nation, a long-past-wussified one.

Remember the good old days, when almost no one was allergic to peanuts, eggs, and living life? Those days are over. Not only are we Girlie-Man Nation, we’ve become Coddling Nation.

And that’s what the teal pumpkin really means. If you have one on your porch, you are simply one of the sheep who slides down the slippery slope with everyone else until it’s all over.

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66 Responses

They should call themselves Food Education And Research (FEAR), since that’s what they’re all about.

Sean M on October 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I can’t believe something this stupid is even discussed. I’m sure that every food has someone allergic to it. So if that is the case, don’t eat it. I don’t see the connection between a blue pumpkin and allergies. Besides, like you said, once some Muslim complains about it, Halloween will become a thing of the past.

jerry d on October 31, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I might have to start going out on Devil’s Night and smashing pumpkins if this starts to become prevalent at all. This country is really becoming quite sad.

Mike Lightbody on October 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Please don’t abuse The Smashing Pumpkins. They’ve already lived through their rock and roll hell.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 31, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I, too, am gratified to see teal pumpkins, rather than the orange ones. Orange is the color of many prison jump suits, and of course, prisons are disproportionately composed of people of color because of the racism of our society.

Teal pumpkins shows I am sensitive to the racism associated with the color ‘orange’.

Little Al on October 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Little Al, you really are a sensitive guy.

    skzion on October 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Good one, Little Al!

    commonsense on October 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm

When I was growing up we had (and still have) a beautiful old oak tree in the back yard. One day I got curious and ate some of those cute acorns and got really sick. My dad didn’t chop down the tree. I learned that they’re not good eatin’. We are also taught that the beautiful oleanders growing all over the island were poisonous….not one child ever died because we knew to leave the oleanders alone. No one had to cut them down. I moved to another town many years later and transplanted some of the oleanders in my yard. My neighbor complained and asked me to remove them. I told her to teach her kids to leave the oleanders alone and to watch the kids. The flowers were in MY yard. I am pretty tired of some people wanting others to watch out for them.

Janis Nihart on October 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    What island did you grow up on, Janis? Is it off the Texas coast? Long ago I read a story about Oleander Island and hoped it was a real place.

    Rose H. on October 31, 2014 at 11:39 pm

I am also gratified to see the recognition of the power of women shown by the identification of spokeswoman Victoria LaFemina. Sadly, most of my male counterparts are too sexists to understand the damage that peanut allergies does to the physical and psychological health of children.

Little Al on October 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm


    Joe on November 1, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Peanut allergies are far less common in Israel than in the U.S. Why might that be? Among the first solid foods infants are commonly given is Bamba, a puffed peanut-flavored snack. Kids who might otherwise develop full-blown peanut allergies are instead desensitized to said allergens. Perhaps we should rethink our child weaning practices here, as they’re resulting in a generation of children far less robust than their predecessors.

    Raymond in DC on October 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

I am trying to picture you in a Helen Thomas costume. That would be s-c-a-r-y. Please don’t eat too much candy tonight, Debbie. It will make your stomach sick.

Ha just kidding.

Bobby on October 31, 2014 at 5:44 pm

If they’re so afraid of the dark, they shouldn’t be going out at all. What a bunch of woosies.

JeffT on October 31, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Jeff, peanut allergies can be deadly even in very small doses. They aren’t being woosies by avoiding it. You wouldn’t have that attitude if it was your child. I hate political correctness as much as you, but I don’t see that being the case here. I honestly don’t understand the hostility toward children with food allergies, through no fault of their own.

    Laura on November 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I can tell you, having studied colorimetry and the NTSC television color matrix formulae over the years, that teal is the polar opposite of orange in terms of colors. Moreover, teal is equivalent to NTSC -I which was 303° (RGB equivalent 204°) whilst orange was along the lines of NTSC +I which was 123° (RGB equivalent 24°). If anybody thinks this point is ridiculous – well, so is this latest attempt at wussifying America. Of which I am reminded of an old George Carlin routine about blue food.

ConcernedPatriot on October 31, 2014 at 6:24 pm

The above color looked more cyan than teal to me. But looks like even the natural color of vegetables is not off limits for the PCMC crowd. The reason Halloween features orange pumpkins is simple: pumpkins are orange!!!

Infidel on October 31, 2014 at 7:02 pm


I said the same thing on Facebook the other day! I guess the saying is true, great minds think alike!

Ron Dwyer on October 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Didn’t the social engineers tell us decades ago to have mommy and daddy check everything their kids had in their trick or treat bags? Weren’t we already educated not to let our kids touch anything they collected on Halloween until it had been thoroughly inspected by mommy and daddy?

So, what now? In this era of Daddy Has A New Roommate and Heather Has Two Mommies, we need teal pumpkins to send a social awareness message?

“It’s sick out there and getting sicker.”

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 31, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Just amazing. You can’t make this stuff up!

“I can’t go trick or treating? That’s not Fair!”
Yeah, well I can’t live in the White House guarded by Secret Service Agents. That’s not FAIR either!
Get over it Libs, it’s not all about you.

Funny how in the same sentence, they talk about diversity and equality, when all they do is destroy individuality: ‘the quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked’.
Hey!…we’re ALL different. Get over it.

theShadow on October 31, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I guess we aren’t equal after all. some of us have serious allergies. some are retarded, some are progressive …oh I already said that.

General P. Malaise on November 1, 2014 at 1:01 am



bedc on November 1, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Bedc, are you a ‘tard?

    skzion on November 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm

If Jimmy Carter was now running for president, would he hide the fact that he is a peanut farmer and if he did so would it be a big scandal?

Just Me on November 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

“Remember the good old days, when almost no one was allergic to peanuts, eggs, and living life? Those days are over. Not only are we Girlie-Man Nation, we’ve become Coddling Nation.

I don’t know how someone can be blamed for having an allergy. And some food allergies can be deadly, so it’s nothing to make light of as them being woosies. It does seem that there has been a major increase in food allergies in recent years for unknown reasons. One would have to consult a medical expert to explain why.

Laura on November 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Dear Laura, I’d like for the allergic to die so we’ll be spared another generation of lunatics like you.


    skzion on November 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Over and over again, no matter what angle Debbie approaches it from, and no matter what approach some of us regulars take, some people NEVER READ FOR CONTEXT!!!

NOBODY, not Debbie, not me, not any of the regulars, is making fun of kids with peanut allergies, people who really have gluten intolerance or any other food borne allergies, illnesses or sensitivities.


is the religious nature of the activism being espoused by the WELL-INTENTIONED, yet overzealous people who are attempting to corral us ALL, into types of behavior that will get us all goose stepping in to a mind set that denies our own individual rights and freedoms. It is madness, and it is driving us crazy, because it is infringing upon our own freedom of thought, movement and activity.

Think Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently told The Teleprompter-In-Chief that she wishes he had ALL THE POWER he would need to put ALL HIS IDEAS IN PLACE. He already does, and he already IS. He calls it, having a pen and a phone. And people like Gwyneth want to make rules, including dietary, for ALL SEVEN BILLION OF US.

And THAT, is not right. All of our bodies, despite us all being human, do not all work the same. And I have offered examples from my own dietary preferences and health readings to show that. NOBODY tells ME, what goes on my plate, or in my glass. And nobody should tell you, either. But it’s happening. As the walls separating us from tyranny come tumbling down, it is quite evident that there are actually people in this world who want to reach in to my plate and glass, and YOURS, to dictate even those choices.

I know all things are overseen by God, and what is happening in the world right now is from God, because soon His Government will assume its rightful and eternal position. But those who undertake consciously to put others under tyrannical edicts that they themselves will not follow (think Michelle and her daughters, who go to a school that does NOT follow federally mandated school lunch standards), will not like it when the consequences of their actions are in their collective faces.

God will not deal lightly with oppressors.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

no one is being force into anything believe me if this were a law being propose i be on the street protesting no one has the right to tell people what they can or cant give on hallowan this is a volentear project
what is wrong with a family giving a toy instead of a sweat on hallwon if thats what they want to do

bec on November 2, 2014 at 1:44 am

by the way debbie is making fun with children with allergies by saying BOO HOO why dontt they just stay home

bec on November 2, 2014 at 1:50 am

    So now “bedc” has become “bec” and now uses only lower-care rather than only upper-case? Doesn’t matter cuz SHE’S STILL A TARD!

    skzion on November 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Tyranny starts with a “Nudge.” That’s the name of Cass Sunstein’s book. Know who that is? Know what that book and that kind of politics is all about? Huh?

It all starts with a seemingly genteel statement like no one’s being forced in to anything. Of COURSE no one’s being forced in to anything. But that’s how it ends up. There’s nothing wrong with giving a toy in place of candy. It just doesn’t have to end up in a national campaign with all kinds of politically correct gobbledegook and guilt trips thrown at the general population.

No one’s being forced in to anything. Until you wake up to Nazi Germany . . .

all over again. Today, teal pumpkins, tomorrow, scarlet letters. Don’t laugh. Humans made it happen before, humans can make it happen again. All in the name of doing something for the greater good.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 2, 2014 at 1:57 am

my grandparents were holocast Survivors i think your last statement was offence whats wrong with a awarness campaign saying some kids have alleagies so u have to be careful what u give on hallowin

we have other campaigns as well we have campaign teaching kids not to talk to stangers not to litter why is this diffenrent
once again this campaign is run by a non profit not by the federal govenment if it was being run by federal government i could understand debbie concens by it not so i dont

bec on November 2, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Don’t pull the Holocaust Survivor card on me. My maternal grandfather was Jewish from Ukraine and my maternal grandmother was Jewish from Poland. They came over in 1905, and it wasn’t because America had Juicy Fruit gum. I have no idea how many ancestors of mine in Europe DIDN’T make it through the pogroms and The Holocaust.

    The fact that you mention getting offended is a big clue to your support of a ridiculous agenda. Didn’t you read my post about how we’ve already been schooled to watch out for what kids bring home on Halloween? That’s been done for decades, in newspapers, on local TV, radio, subway poster campaigns, etc. And didn’t you read this part of Debbie’s article?

    “. . . Food Allergy Research & Education, a national nonprofit group.” Where did they get their non-profit status from, the Irish mob? It already IS at the federal level. What do you think the mandatory school lunch guidelines that Michelle Obama’s kids DON’T have to follow, along with their classmates, is all about?

    Oh, and by the way, although my birthday is on Halloween, I don’t believe in Halloween, don’t observe it, and completely avoid all association with it. It’s not in the Bible. We’ve invented a lot of things that Jesus will do away with when He comes. October 31st and December 31st are the two days of the year where I try to not even go outside if I can help it.

    I’m surprised with all the costumed characters on subway trains and out in the streets, that we didn’t have a lot more of those “lone wolf” attacks. Perfect time for it.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    bec, sweetheart, I’m sorry they survived, as they produced you.

    skzion on November 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Happy Halloween to you Debbie,and Yours God bless TG-

Tirdad Gharib on November 2, 2014 at 3:48 am

So far, Alfredo from Puerto Rico is my favorite poster. Succinct, whip-smart, and right on target!! I especially concur with his personal view on Halloween — pagan, potentially dangerous tradition —

Judy C. on November 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Uhhhhhh, wow, and thank you!!! For further information on my take on Halloween, I obtained my teachings originally in the mid-80’s from Herbert W. Armstrong and The Worldwide Church Of God. They are now known as The Restored Church Of God, led by Pastor David C. Pack.

    Thank you again, although I don’t know if I’m worthy, so I’ll just say give God the glory.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Ah, yes. It takes a discerning brain to read for (and ‘get’) context (referring to one of your earlier postings above).
      Bedc or bec doesn’t have a clue — and self-expression via her/his typed responses seems to reflect the same.

      The religious organization you mentioned before seems to have a handle on the Bible — i.e. God’s government to be established on earth, effectively replacing all flawed/corrupted existing governments, etc. (Man is incapable of even directing his own step since inheriting sin from our original parents …)

      Oh, and speaking of holidays, Christmas is not in the Bible, either — imagine that? And it’s amazing how pagan influences/symbols have persisted all through the ages in the celebration of this ‘holiday’. Keep up the good work, Alfredo — I will be reading.

      Judy C. on November 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

        Again, you are very nice. Take a look at the bottom of your shoe. I am less than whatever you have there, but I thank The Lord Jesus Christ every day for giving me vision and wisdom. Anything good in me, or that I say or do, credit and glory to Him.

        And yes, Christmas, giving up that holiday 30 years ago, New Year’s, all the others, did indeed become a part of a chain of events. Those events, the command to come out of “the world” and not be a part of its customs, systems, etc., helped me to lose some relationships. My life did nothing but get harder. Observing the Sabbath, and what the world sees as “Jewish Holidays” seems strange to many around me.

        The past 30 years since dedicating myself to a belief in the Bible as God’s Word, took me on a tour that gives me much strength. And in these times, it’s much needed. Messiah cannot come soon enough for me.

        Thanks again, very much.

        Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

It’s not just razor blades to worry about anymore. Jeez, can’t these vermin JUST BACK OFF!

My kids went trick or treating and brought in a ton of candy. Then they passed out candy and enjoyed that, to. Then, the next night, they went to a Division I Hockey Game and watched the local team win—and had more munchies.

Then, today, they RAN AROUND ALL DAY! No need for parents to watch them closely, as I live in a semi-rural, very safe, neighborhood.

The Heck with these Libtard scum.

Occam's Tool on November 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Sheesh—“enjoyed that, too.”

    Occam's Tool on November 6, 2014 at 7:16 pm

And you are wrong, Debbie—it does mean you’re gay. Not necessarily in the homosexual sense, but definitely limp-wristed, light loafered, hip swishing GAY.

There. I have finally caught you in an error. 🙂

Occam's Tool on November 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

And now for a word from The Blond(e) Ignition Tour, as I AM . . .

The GREAT Dumboni, . . .

and there is, . . .

NO other.

I look in to my pilaf of rice, as I cannot afford a crystal ball. A teal colored pointed dunce cap with The Great Dumboni in a nice black script font is perched atop my head. I wave my coffee stained chopstick, because I cannot afford a magic wand, and look in to the year 2019. The place is “this once great republic,” America, but by now has officially become known as . . .

The DisUnited States of AfrolabadSouthAmerAsiexico

The No. 1 song is by a group called TEALY Dan.

We have to use the Corporate TEAL to make documents official.

Another group called the New Age Lettermen releases a song called TEALed With A Kiss.

Supermodel Heidi Klum, who still looks great if you like skeletons with implants and an ass like a 13 year old boy, announces her engagement to a singer named TEAL.

The NFL, which means not for long if you think the ball’s gonna stay brown, announces that the official ball will henceforth be the color TEAL.

The Sayings of The Seer known as The Resident Dumb Blond(e) have ended for this episode.

Co-qui, Co-qui, Co-qui, Co-qui, Co-qui, . . .

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 2, 2014 at 11:56 pm

i wasnt playing the holocast card
i was saying dont used the word food nazis it offence
myh point is hallowon should be for everyone and if a person decides to give a boy with food allgerys a toy car or a doll to play with instead of chocolatee thats their buniess it not mine its not yours its not the government it is betweem them and the child. You and DEBBIE SCHUSSEL SHOULD BUTT OUT OF IT

bec on November 3, 2014 at 2:48 am

    The problem, Madam, is that those who advocate the Teal pumpkin issue are butting INTO it.

    Halloween, far from an amusing child’s holiday that it was in my youth, is becoming a Holiday of adult debauchery simultaneous with overly-PC issues with children. It is, in short, becoming a Dog’s Breakfast, which is what one expects with Liberalism.

    The rise of allegies in children to the degree that they are currently present may be due to lack of early exposure. An interesting article indirectly addressing this topic is found here:

    “Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2014 Mar;10(3):317-9. doi: 10.1586/1744666X.2014.881718. Epub 2014 Feb 3.

    Should we encourage allergen immunotherapy during pregnancy?

    Lieberman J.

    Author information


    Primary prevention of allergy is a laudable goal, but one that has unfortunately proven difficult to achieve. Many different strategies have been reported to date, but unequivocal supporting data for any single strategy does not exist. Any successful strategy must lead to immunomodulation and must be encountered very early on life, likely in utero. Reports of early bacterial and farm animal exposures lend supportive data to the concept of immune regulation via early fetal exposure, howeve attempts at clinical applications of this, such as probiotics has not been completely successful. One practical, clinical method for achieving a similar immune modulation to these exposures would be providing atopic women with allergy immunotherapy while pregnant (or perhaps even preconception). Allergy immunotherapy is associated with favorable immune modulation and some data suggest that these changes if produced in mother can influence the atopic status of offspring.”

    Occam's Tool on November 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Occam’s Tool’s post, and some of the other stuff going on in modern medical science is beginning to sound Mengele-esque. And what these Yupper East Side type mothers with their children with all these disorders, trying to shield their children from every germ and “harmful” food element aren’t helping.

      Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

        That’s not what I’m saying–I am saying that Non-exposure early on to potential allergens is what is causing the increase in allergies among children. My kids were exposed to peanuts and honey in infancy, and thus have no allergies. As the Boss likes to say: READING IS FUNDAMENTAL.

        Where you get Mengele from that, I have no clue, Alfredo, and I normally like what you have to say.

        Occam's Tool on November 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

          That’s not the part I was getting Mengele from. It was this, although I could be overreaching. I did read what you had to say, very carefully, three or four times.

          “. . . providing atopic women with allergy immunotherapy while pregnant (or perhaps even preconception).”

          How many procedures are we going to start subjecting pregnant women to in the interest of medical experimentation or avoiding unwanted difficulties in their children? What are the long term ramifications of such procedures? What I was thinking of more specifically was the discovery of Down’s Syndrome or other unwanted difficulties, and parents choosing to abort as a result.

          Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

          Well, I put up a more specific reply, but it didn’t go through. I did read what you had to say, very carefully, three or four times. I agree with a lack of exposure is a problem. Let’s see if my other reply shows up.

          Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

          Trying again a third reply, because I know Debbie is quite busy. Hope this goes through.

          OT, if I misfired in my reply, I apologize. I read just fine, having tested at 12.2 in the 7th grade, and a 140 IQ at age 14. I’m human, perhaps I was mixing apples and oranges and coming to a bad conclusion, and I did read your post at least three, perhaps four or five times. My brain matter, and I mean this quite seriously, is blond(e), not gray.

          I just believe that we are living in an age where we are very tempted by the fact we can do things prior to birth, or see things that might be problematic. I believe human nature takes over at some point and makes it easy to justify a lot of tinkering, the programming of children.

          It seems to me that what you said made perfect medical sense, so why not? But does it delve in to the realm that I am apprehensive of, or not? If so, why? I’m just curious, for knowledge. I’m neither baiting not contending with you. It’s about discussion and knowledge.

          Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

WE’RE NOT IN IT, NEITHER I NOR DEBBIE!!! Can you read, bec? Seriously. We’re not IN anything. We don’t affect ANYONE. But the federal government and their subsidiaries, their minions, affect ALL of us.

Please read for context. Read Debbie’s article again, . . .


Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

My reply appeared, then disappeared, but basically, Debbie and I don’t affect anyone, nor does any commenter on this web site affect anyone. But the federal government and their minions affect everyone.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 3, 2014 at 10:03 am

And appeared again, LOL!!!

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

aren’t severe food allergies already on a parent’s radar if their kid is afflicted? so, they automatically check the kids’ treats and remove anything objectionable, right?

i don’t get it…

anyway, we had a record number of kids this year… i’d say about 80. we always enjoy the trick-or-treaters and the wife and daughter did a quick tour on the neighborhood in the golfcart (everyone has golfcarts around here) to see the other houses. she reported only a handful of houses were not participating.

kirche on November 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

Sorry, but I disagree. I am the father of 3 children who have life threatening allergies. As their parent I am constantly watching over them and making sure they avoid their allergies.

Because of how severe their allergies are we cannot go out to eat as a family anywhere. Instead, we stay home and eat home made food.

The teal pumpkin project is a good idea and it isn’t designed to replace traditional Halloween activities, just to supplement. My 3 year old was so excited to trick or treat that she could not have cared less about the candy, but enjoyed the experience. It is nice though that a few houses, very few, offered an alternative, but my wife and I did a trade out with her. Each piece of candy was traded for a non-food treat.

We offered both candy and non-food items at our home for trick or treaters. It worked out well, and many of the kids preferred the non-candy toy.

I don’t want Halloween changed and candy gotten rid of, but some understanding of how we feel goes a long way.

And it seems like some people here don’t believe in food allergies. I feel sorry for you and am glad you do not have to be afraid of dairy, egg, or peanut so much as touching your food and that small trace amount being enough to cause a trip to the ER, or even worse.

Ken Blazek on November 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

How insensitive! Have you heard of anaphylaxis? As in you stop breathing? I suppose you think Bruce Jenner is a hero.

L: Uh, no. If you bothered to use the search engine on this site, you’d know I do NOT think Bruce Jenner is a hero. Not even close. But why actually look it up, when it’s easier to make false accusations, right? DS

Lonnie on September 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

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