The letter writer asked GOOD Morning Wilton to publish her message to Wilton business owners and residents.
To Wilton Business Owners and Residents,
Halloween is such a fun time for kids and parents of all ages! Our town has so many amazing traditions to celebrate, such as the town’s Pumpkin Parade, Trunk or Treat, and of course the traditional trick-or-treating on October 31.
Might I ask that people providing treats to the children at all of these events give a small thought to the children in our community who live with severe food allergies?
Of course, I’m not asking that nobody provide treats with common allergens (I’m a fan of a delicious peanut butter cup on Halloween!). Halloween for a parent of a child with food allergies is incredibly stressful. In the past years, I have always provided candy that doesn’t contain nuts or hasn’t been manufactured in a nut factory because of my allergic child. I make sure I take out anything in his loot bag that is dangerous to him and replace it with a safe treat. This year, I have decided I will support the Teal Pumpkin Project which promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during the Halloween season. I will be giving out Halloween Wiki-Stix and ink stampers this year. There are so many great non-food options which can be found on the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) webpage for anyone interested!
Editor’s note: “The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT® and the Teal Pumpkin Project® logo are registered trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).”