For many kids, Halloween is a chance to load up on the goodies – but for those with food allergies – it’s no treat.
That’s why instead of a traditional orange pumpkin perched on your neighbor’s porch this year – you might see one that’s a shade of bright teal. It’s all part of the teal pumpkin project – an international movement to make Halloween a little less scary for those that need to be aware of allergens in their foods.
Planting a teal pumpkin out front is a sign that the person inside has stocked up with non-food treats to hand out to any goblins or ghouls who might happen to stop by on Halloween. Glow sticks, stickers, or bubbles are just a few of the items the organizers suggest to make Halloween both fun and safe for all – and they invite folks to visit their website for even more ideas.
The teal pumpkin project was started in 2014 by food allergy research and education – this year they’re hoping over 100,000 households will join them in taking the pledge to participate.
Naperville News 17’s Kim Pirc Reports
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