Teal Pumpkin Project Aims to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

. October 1, 2016.

Halloween can be worrisome for some children, as one in 13 children in the U.S. suffers from a food allergy, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The Teal Pumpkin Project allows children with allergies to feel more at ease while trick or treating. Started in 2014, the project promotes safety, inclusion and respect for those with allergies. The goal is to provide non-food treats for kids with allergies to various foods, including peanuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and more.

To participate, set out a pumpkin, real or fake, that has been painted teal. When trick-or-treaters arrive, give out items such as stickers, toys, glow sticks, bubbles, or crayons. These items can be found at party supply stores, dollar stores or online. Last year almost 20,000 families nationwide pledged to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

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