A Safe and Healthy Halloween for Kids with Food Allergies


CLINTON- Have you ever wanted something sweet to eat and opened a piece of candy to satisfy your craving? Not everyone has that luxury.

WAND’s Brigette Burnett interviewed one mother whose child has a food allergy and it is preventing him from enjoying Halloween. That is, not until she found out about the “Teal Pumpkin Project.”

Lydia Kuehnel said, her son Konner has a milk allergy that prevents him from eating most foods and many candies.

"We've learned to live with it. He carries an EpiPen everywhere he goes and we avoid milk like the plague," Kuehnel said.

As Halloween approaches, kids like Konner have to stay away from the sweet treats.

"He now knows about Halloween. He's walking. He loves the candy, but unfortunately candy can be deadly to him," Kuehnel added.

That is why Kuehnel is pledging to support the “Teal Pumpkin Project” along with other parents around the United States. It is a way to encourage people to promote inclusion of all.

So instead of candy, Kuehnel and her husband will be filling bags with all sorts of goodies on October 31st.

"We got everything from costume jewelry to Halloween stuff to pencils, paper, a little note pad. We've got a whole bucket full of things that we will be handing out with our teal pumpkins," Kuehnel said.

If you want to support the cause, paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your porch. Join the pledge on www.foodallergy.org and your home will be placed on the list with others involved in the “Teal Pumpkin Project.”

Current Conditions