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Teal Pumpkin Project Promotes Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating

29 October 2017

For some, chocolate, candy corn, and popcorn are staples when it comes to Halloween candy, but there are some kids who will have to be more selective on trick-or-treat night because of food allergies.

According to Food Allergy Research and Education, one out of every thirteen children in the United States has at least one food allergy.

People who choose to participate in the project display a painted teal pumpkin or any of the logos or items for sale on the FARE website in their yard or on their porch. Those who know what this non-traditionally colored pumpkin means will know that it is safe for their kids with allergies to trick-or-treat at that home.

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Many sweets are not safe for kids with life-threatening food allergies. Food Allergy Research & Education's first Facebook post about the Teal Pumpkin Project previous year, reached 2.7 million people in less than 72 hours, the organization reported. For example, consider a child with a peanut or tree nut allergy. Now, families across the country are taking part, looking to make sure every child can have a safe Halloween.

Place the teal pumpkin in front of your home.

There are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out. Nevertheless, the festivities can be complicated, and disheartening, for trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

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Notino continued, "The Teal Pumpkin Project not only lets the child with an allergy know that a safe alternative is available to them but shows that the homeowners took the initiative to "include" all children".

Last year, almost 18,000 homes participated in the project. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE - support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH - enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE - encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition.

What makes Halloween easier for Norris is teal pumpkins.

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Teal Pumpkin Project Promotes Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating