Mamas, we know those of you who have kids with food allergies have a lot more work to do during holidays like Halloween. So nwaMotherlode.com is thrilled to be a media sponsor for the FIRST and ONLY allergy-friendly Halloween event in Northwest Arkansas. This free event is called Be(A)ware: An Allergy-Friendly Halloween Event.
Our friends Mailena and Justin Urso, owners of Big Box Karaoke, have a 4-year-old daughter with several food allergies, including a life-threatening peanut allergy. Halloween is a challenging holiday, but this year they hope to change that for their daughter, and for others who suffer from food allergies.
Here are the details on the event:
When: Thursday, Oct. 31st
Where: Big Box Karaoke, located at 115 N. Block Ave. Fayetteville
About the event:
The Be(A)ware Halloween event will be the first and only allergy-friendly event in Northwest Arkansas. The goal of this event is to create a fun, inclusive and safe place for all kids — food allergic and non allergic, while spreading awareness of food allergies and raising money to help fund research.
About 32 million people have food allergies, and 1 in 13 children suffer (foodallergy.org). Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids, but for those with food allergies, it can be challenging. Some of the most common food allergies include peanut, tree nuts, egg, milk, wheat and soy, all of which are common ingredients in most Halloween candy. Needless to say, children who suffer from food allergies have a hard time fully enjoying Halloween.
Big Box Karaoke is located in downtown Fayetteville and has 7 private karaoke suites. Each suite will be decorated by a sponsor and will have allergy-friendly treats for kids. Imagine a candy land full of allergy-friendly candy!
Be sure to check out the annual Fayetteville Trick or Treat on the Square just up the street from 4-6pm.
This is a free event. Trick-or-treaters will enter through the front and visit each suite. The lounge area will be a common area for patrons to talk and visit other sponsors with food-allergy info, resources, etc. Weather-permitting, there may also be activities outside. 100% of profits will go toward The Food Allergy Fund.