A Teal Pumpkin Party will be held during the annual Fall Festival at Camp Jefferson (81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong) on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Milton United Methodist Church will host the party to raise awareness of the Teal Pumpkin Project sponsored by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Awareness).

Teal Pumpkin is an important movement gaining traction across the country. The campaign promotes inclusion for kids with food allergies during Halloween celebrations. The need for specialty diets is on the rise due to juvenile diabetes, celiac disease, and other conditions. Today, one in 13 children is diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy. For their parents, food-centric holidays (especially the candy-focused Halloween celebrations) can be daunting, particularly with children too young to advocate for themselves.

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The Teal Pumpkin Party will take place in the pumpkin-painting area at the annual Fall Festival. Learn some simple ways to make trick-or-treating safe for everyone. Each child is invited to paint his or her pumpkin teal, and then put it out on Halloween night. This display signals to children and families trick-or-treating in the neighborhood that a home is offering allergy-safe food treats (such as Dum-Dum lollipops, Blow Pops, and Enjoy Life cookies) or non-food options. Every child deserves a happy Halloween!

Children will also have the option to decorate a traditional orange pumpkin. While supplies last, Milton UMC will provide the Teal Pumpkin materials (coloring pages, signs, and non-food suggestion lists). The Jefferson Township Recreation Department will provide supplies for regular pumpkin-painting.

For more information, visit www.tealpumpkinproject.org and www.foodallergy.org.

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