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How Putting Out Teal Pumpkins This Halloween Can Save Childrens’ Lives

Halloween is almost upon us, which means that you’re probably heading to stores soon to pick up candies, pumpkins, and decorations for trick-or-treaters to enjoy. While there, you may wanna pick up some toys and blue-green paint for a pumpkin or two, because those teal pumpkins could help same some lives this holiday.

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Photo courtesy of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)

By placing teal pumpkins outside of your home, you become a part of the international Teal Pumpkin Project run by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Inspired by a mother who didn’t want her children to feel left out on Halloween, the project aims to provide non-food treats to kids suffering from food allergies around the world on the holiday.

Homes that have these pumpkins provide glowsticks, stickers, and other fun non-food treats that children can play with, which hopefully prevents them from eating candies that can induce life-threatening allergenic reactions.

As many as six million children in the United States alone suffer from food allergies, a staggering eight percent of the youth population. Research suggests that that number may increase over time, making awareness of these adverse food reactions all the more important.

This year, FARE hopes to get at least one house with teal pumpkins on every block this year to make an allergy-free Halloween more accessible to all. Those interested in participating simply need to paint a pumpkin the requisite color and place it in view so families with kids that have food allergies know which houses they can go to. There are also signs and fliers you can post to indicate that you have non-food treats available.

If you do choose to participate in this project, you could potentially be saving the lives of kids in your neighborhood that might eat life-threatening treats otherwise.


The Competitive Eater’s Guide to Maximizing Candy Consumption on Halloween


It’s Halloween tomorrow. You know what that means. No, not doing candy shooters. Not going out in your skimpiest “sexy candy corn” outfit. Nah, it means it’s time to get chocolate wasted — get this — on actual chocolate. What, did you think trick or treating was just for little kids? Please. This year, Halloween is for the grown-ups, and we’re here to teach you how to do it right.

Foodbeast enlisted the help of world-ranked competitive eater Naader “Freak8r” Reda to map out the best way to eat as much Halloween candy as humanly possible in one sitting. The way we figure, we’re finally old enough to do it without anyone telling us not to. So go on, make five-year-old you proud.


Step 1: Eat light beforehand


If you want to face your sugary feast pro eater-style, start by eating light the day before and morning of; we’re talking protein shakes and leafy greens. This way, not only is your digestive system nice and clean, but you’re also starving by trick-or-treating time. Perfect for some primo candy-binging.

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Step 2: Fruity stuff first


As tempted as you’ll be to reach for a Snickers, chocolates tend to be hard to chew and even harder to swallow. For maximum efficiency, stick to fruity and sour candies first — think Mike & Ikes and Warheads and lollipops. Indulge occasionally in a Reese’s Cup for the jolt of protein and fiber to help temper the inevitable sugar crash.

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Step 3: Keep warm liquids on hand


Reda recommends using liquids only sparingly (too much fills your stomach and slows you down). But if you must drink, warm beverages like tea and coffee aid digestion.

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Step 4: Food coma

If you’re able to follow steps 1 through 3, Reda says, you could “probably eat for over an hour and have a very interesting Halloween night.” Just be prepared to sleep in and feel awful the next morning. You know what they say, “You know you had a good weekend when you’re still recovering two days later.”

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