Teal Pumpkins

For parents of children with food allergies, Halloween can be even scarier than it should be. But now, an awareness program is hoping to change that.

This year the Teal Pumpkin Project rolled out nationally, encouraging neighborhoods to offer non-food items to trick-or-treaters.

Families can paint a pumpkin teal, and place it on their stoop to let their neighbors know they offer options other than food.

Then on Halloween, kids with allergies ask for a trick as opposed to a treat and choose from fun trinkets.

For one local mom, whose daughter suffers from a severe nut allergy, this means a fun and safe Halloween for the whole family.

“A lot of people say that kid would rather have candy, but kids with food allergies, the candy is so scary to them. The smile on their face when they can reach into a bowl and know, ‘wow I’m not going to have a reaction, I don’t need to be scared’ is priceless,” said resident Lauren.

For more information on the teal pumpkin project, and what you can offer besides candy, visit FoodAllergy.org.

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