Teal pumpkins to make Halloween safe for kids with food allergies


According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization, 5.9 million children under age 18, or 1 in 13 kids, suffer from food hypersensitivities. She says this project helps make Halloween festivities worry-free.

For millions of children with food allergies and their parents, the Halloween trick-or-treating tradition can sometimes be fraught with anxiety because many sweets that are handed out contain major food allergens such as milk, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat. "That's just priceless to me", said Norris's mom, Jennifer Norris. Further, kids with medical conditions that limit their food options also benefit from the inclusive holiday fun.

To show you have more to offer than candy on trick-or-treat night, leave a teal-colored pumpkin outside your house.

Halloween is Tuesday and if you haven't painted your pumpkins teal yet, don't worry, you still have some time.

The FARE site states that the project was inspired by a local awareness activity in Tennessee which was promoting messages of awareness, inclusion and community.

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Many of those with life threatening allergies can't enjoy traditional Halloween treats.

"It is respectful to children who've been affected by food allergies that are out of their control, and allows them to feel included on Halloween", she said.

What makes Halloween easier for Norris is teal pumpkins.

To become involved in this project is really quite simple. In response, FARE launched a campaign three years ago that lets homeowners easily signal the trick-or-treaters with food allergies, telling them it's safe to visit.

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