Special jack-o’-lanterns help raise awareness
By Daniel Arens
Halloween is a time when many kids all over the nation get excited to go door-to-door, looking for candy and other treats to add to their (often pumpkin-shaped) bags.
However, some kids aren’t able to enjoy the same treats that their friends and classmates do. There are a wide variety of food allergies out there, and some of them impact what kids here in Hazen can eat, including the sweets collected next Thursday.
To ensure these kids are included in the Halloween festivities, three FCCLA students from Hazen are working to provide businesses with an option for alternative goodies that everyone can enjoy.
“Last year we were able to purchase 20 teal pumpkins,” Emma Grueneich, one of the three students, said. These teal jack-o’-lanterns are part of a nationwide program, the Teal Pumpkin Project, to provide alternative goodies to foods, with parents and kids knowing where to look for these items by the jack-o’-lanterns’ unique color.