The Grand Partners with Teal Pumpkin Project on 10/28 Halloween Event for Kids with Food Allergies

ALTAMONT, N.Y. (Oct. 20, 2017) — It’s October and that means that Halloween is right around the corner. For many Capital Region families, Halloween can be tricky because many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies.

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In an effort to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland will host its second annual Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular in partnership with the Teal Pumpkin Project, a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at 428 Route 146, Altamont.

“Food allergies are a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and a growing public health issue,” said The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Admissions Coordinator Wendy Decker, noting that one in 13 children has an allergy to peanuts, nuts, and soy, or has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and need to stay away from gluten and wheat. “For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.

“By placing a teal pumpkin in front of our facility and offering non-food treats such as yo-yo’s, teal-colored frisbees and other toys as an alternative to candy, we can show children with severe allergies that The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland is a safe place to trick-or-treat without the dangers,” she added.

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The haunted afternoon will feature a costume contest with prizes by age group. Youngsters can also trick or treat throughout the facility collecting devilish delights along the way. Halloween bags will be provided for children to collect their treats while supplies last.

“For the residents of nursing facilities, children are always a welcome addition to the day,” said The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Administrator Jim Connolly. “Halloween provides an opportunity for them to interact with young children and bring back memories of their childhood. It also takes them back to the days when their own children were the kids dressing up.”

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Based in Whitestone, N.Y., The Grand Healthcare System offers customized rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term care. Its state-of-the-art facilities, which are located at five sites across New York, feature certified instructors who provide exceptional clinical care to help residents achieve their wellness goals. All sites offer carefully curated entertaining and dining options, and tranquil grounds for optimal recuperation. For more information, visit