As a parent, I spend a lot of time worrying. I worry about how much sleep my son gets. I worry about how much TV he watches. I worry if he’s growing too fast, or too slow. Amidst all those worries, I don’t have to worry about the food he eats. I am a lucky mom. My child does not have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. However, my niece has a severe nut allergy and several of my friends have children with varying restrictions ranging from allergies to dairy to diets that demand they must be gluten-free, fructose-free and more.

At Great Wolf Lodge, we are the culinary leader in preparing and serving food that has been prepared safely and meets the individual needs of our guests. None of the food we cook or serve contains nuts. Our hand-tossed pizza is just as delicious gluten-free as the pizza ordered off the menu. We personalize and customize the food we serve so our guests can truly have a stress-free vacation together.

During October, each lodge celebrates Howl-O-Ween. Festivities include daily costume parades, Spooktacular Story Time, pumpkin painting and more. Most importantly, Howl-O-Ween also means weatherproof trick-or-treating throughout the lodge. Kids wear their costumes and dash through each resort, visiting unique stops created just for them. This year we added a special, and important, spot along the trail – a Teal Pumpkin.

The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is a national campaign launched by the nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014. Its purpose is to ensure all trick-or-treaters can enjoy Halloween alongside each other, regardless of their food allergies. Last year, more than 100,000 households took part on Halloween. Participating families display a teal pumpkin at their home, letting trick-or-treaters know allergy- or sugar-free food or nonfood treat is available.

We are excited by the addition of a Teal Pumpkin stop along our trails this year. Throughout Howl-O-Ween, each Great Wolf Lodge resort has a designated Teal Pumpkin stop. To bring this idea to life, we have partnered with Highlights for Children. Perfect for the Teal Pumpkin Project, resort trick-or-treaters receive a copy of Highlights and High Five magazine to take home with them.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I'm so proud Great Wolf Lodge is helping ensure all of our guests can fully enjoy taking part in the our Howl-O-Ween activities during their stay. Plan on taking your family to Howl-O-Ween this month? Share your Teal Pumpkin stop experience by using #GWLHowlOWeen and #tealpumpkinproject.