The Teal Pumpkin Project raises awareness about allergies on Halloween

Courtesy of FARE

(WHTM) – Picking out the perfect costume is not always the scariest part of Halloween. For kids with allergies, finding treats to eat can be downright tricky. However a special pumpkin might help them stay safe on fright night. Move over orange and black, teal is the color everyone is talking about this Halloween!

A lot people do not think about how dangerous, even deadly, popular Halloween candy can be for some children. Milk, eggs, and especially nuts, are all extremely common allergies in children and are often found in many of the goodies passed out to trick or treaters.

Because food allergies are so common, one out of every thirteen children in America has one, many houses give out safe treats as well as candy. Some of these alternatives include stickers, crayons, glow sticks, bubbles or small toys, but how do you know which houses are safe for your little ghoul or goblin? That is where the teal pumpkins come in.

Last year, FARE, the Food Allergy Research and Education organization posted online that people with allergy-free treats should paint a pumpkin teal and put it outside, so other families would know.

The post reached more than two-and-half million people in less than three days, and many parents are sharing it again now to remind trick or treating families.

Cross-contamination can always happen though, so parents should be sure to check candy labels, and even carry an EpiPen if their child needs one.

If you would like to participate but cannot get a pumpkin or teal paint, FARE has a flyer on their website you can print out and post on your door to let parents know you have allergy-free goodies for trick or treaters.


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