To the Editor:

It’s that time of the year–fall is in the air, scarecrows are in Wilton Center and everyone is getting ready for Halloween!

Kids are so excited to dress up and go trick-or-treating all over the town center and in their neighborhoods. All are looking forward to loads of treats but for some, the evening can bring more tricks than treats. We still vividly remember the day, when our son, who was only 3-years-old then, had come back with a huge smile and a pumpkin full of candies. Since he has multiple food allergies, he could barely have a handful! All his hard work had turned from treats to tricks!

When people only hand out food items–chocolates, candies, etc.–inadvertently they end up excluding children with food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched by FARE to combat this exact problem. It is designed to support kids living with food allergies. By displaying a teal pumpkin at your house, you are signaling to food allergy families that you have non-food treats available. When you offer non-food treats, you promote inclusion for all trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

We will be putting out our Teal Pumpkin for the third year in a row on Halloween. We will have a variety of non-food treats (along with traditional candy) for kids who have food allergies.

We request you join us by offering inexpensive, non-food treats, such as toy spiders, pencils, bubbles, balls, stickers, etc., and displaying a Teal Pumpkin, so that every single child walking past your house can participate in the fun of Halloween.

The Gupta Family