Teal Pumpkins Mark Houses With No Food Allergens for Treat-or-Treaters

Teal Pumpkins Mark Houses With No Food Allergens for Treat-or-Treaters

Dubbed the "Teal Pumpkin Project" - as teal is the official color for food-allergy awareness - people are simply leaving teal-painted pumpkins on their porches to let youngsters know they've got non-food or allergy-friendly treats to offer.

Halloween can be extra scary for kids with food allergies.

Many a times, Halloween can be really tough on children suffering from severe food allergies.

"It is to raise awareness about kids with food allergies, and the difficulties they face", Whitney Whaley, owner of Whaley Canning Company, said. "The Teal Pumpkin Project provides an opportunity for all of us to show empathy for kids who often feel excluded", FARE's chief advancement officer Lois Witkop said in a statement.

Know that a candy that has been safe for your child in the past may now have different ingredients.

Place your teal pumpkin or sign in front of your home to indicate non-food treats are available. Food allergies can be life-threatening, and they affect 1 in 13 children in the United States. For example, consider a child with a peanut or tree nut allergy. With food allergies on the rise in our youth today, it's a wonder that we still celebrate Halloween the same way we have for decades. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.

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The world-wide movement aims to make trick-or-treating inclusive to all.

A local family has been spending the last few years making sure every child gets to take part in Halloween.

"Once we can shine a light on the fact that even though this is invisible and this child with allergies looks like every other child, to know that child is going home and dumping out their candy or giving it back-they're trading it for money or safe toys because they know they can't have anything", says Clowes.

While the teal pumpkin is not meant to replace the traditional act of giving out candy on Halloween, it is an important way to include those who may have dietary restrictions, organizers said.

The Knoxville Elks Lodge No. 160 chose to join the Teal Pumpkin Project at their trunk-or-treat this year.

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