Fighting Halloween Food Allergies with Teal Pumpkins

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The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. Teal is the color used for food allergy awareness. To help promote a safe experience, FARE suggests that families who are giving out candy in addition to non-food treats keep sweet treats in a separate bowl or container from non-food treats.

Here are the details on the pumpkins, what they mean and where they come from.

"The Teal Pumpkin Project is an unbelievable way for kids with various food allergies to enjoy Halloween with less worry".

That's why five years ago, a mom in Tennessee started the Teal Pumpkin Project.

No one wants to end a night of trick-or-treating in the emergency room so for many years, as food allergies were on the rise, parents just couldn't let their children go door to door.

A food allergy is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease; 15 million Americans now have some sort of food allergy, including one in 13 children. Teal pumpkins placed on doorsteps signify to families that the home offers non-food goodies for trick-or-treaters as an alternative to candy. They are placing teal pumpkins on doorsteps that signify that the home is offering non-food presents for trick-or-treaters as a substitute to sweets.

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Meghan Winegrad has two children with food allergies.

Due to the serious effects that can arise from food allergies, Guerrera feels this is an important cause.

What does the teal pumpkin mean? This year, word of the Teal Pumpkin Project has reached millions of people through social media as well as through partnerships with national retailers who have shown their support for children with food allergies. If you choose to offer both, I advise you to buy extra non-food items; you will find that many children without food allergies delight in these prizes as well.

Since its inception, the Teal Pumpkin Project has rocketed in popularity, with over 18,000 households from all 50 states participating in 2016, FARE said.

Interestingly enough, this effort to protect children from life-threatening allergies could be the change needed to target other life-threatening health conditions affecting children today.

What makes Halloween easier for Norris is teal pumpkins.

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