Altamont Nursing Home Hosts Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Event

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- Halloween can be a tricky time for kids with food allergies.

One in 13 children has an allergy to nuts, soy, gluten or wheat.

That’s why a nursing home in Altamont opened their doors for a fun, inclusive event Saturday.

Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility hosted a trick or treat “spooktacular” featuring non-food treats such as yo-yo’s and Frisbees.

Residents also handed out candy to kids.

The event was in partnership with the Teal Pumpkin Project, a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all.

"We can all remember being a kid and growing up and getting into your costume and going door to door, kids who have a food allergy may not be able to experience that excitement because of the limitations they may have due to what they can consume and can't consume,” said Gary March, Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility assistant administrator.

The rehab also held a costume contest with prizes for visiting trick or treaters.

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