Written by Alex Spina on 21.10.17

Over the years, Halloween has emerged to become a national holiday where many of us look forward to dressing up in wild costumes, going out with friends, and eating way too much candy. For some, it may be a time to take the young kids out from door to door, hearing them yell out “TRICK-OR-TREAT” until their bags are stuffed with goodies. While it is supposed to be a fun time for all, kids with allergies have to be careful with what they can and cannot eat.

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This year, get involved with Allergies Québec in helping the 100,000 kids who suffer from allergies. By painting your Pumpkin Turquoise, you will be a part of a social movement that will allow these kids to safely enjoy a night of fun. According to Allergie Quebec, peanuts, wheat, milk, nuts, eggs, fish, fruits, sesame, soya, and sulfites are the ten leading causes of allergies in kids and are responsible for the majority of allergic reactions. Allergies Québec also states that there has been a 10% increase in kids with allergies in recent years to roughly 18% and turquoise pumpkins will address this issue and bring awareness. Giving out products that do not contain at least one of these ingredients can severely diminish the risk of having young children suffer from a reaction.

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You can also help the cause by demonstrating awareness through social media. You can upload a picture of your Turquoise pumpkin on any social media platform and use the #MaCitrouilleTurquoise to show that these kids are invited and a part of the party. If you don’t want to paint alone, head over to Place Rosemère Sunday October 22nd from 11am-4pm as Allergies Quebec will be hosting a free event to paint your pumpkin turquoise!

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Help these kids have a safe and enjoyable Halloween as this simple gesture can go a long way. For more information about the movement of about allergies in Québec go to allergies-alimentaires.org/fr. We can’t wait to see all the turquoise!

Photos courtesy of Allergies Quebec.

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