Teal Pumpkins Could Make Halloween Safer For Kids With Food Allergies

| by Emily Smith
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Thanks to the Food Allergy and Research Allergy group, a safer and healthier Halloween is just around the corner. And it all starts with teal pumpkins.

The group has proposed placing teal pumpkins outside of homes that offer treats for kids with food allergies, WWLP News reports. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way for parents to know that certain houses are offering non-food goodies, especially for kids who have food allergies.

“The Teal Pumpkin Project is an easy way to make a big impact in your community. Food allergies can be life-threatening, and they affect 1 in 13 children in the United States," Veronica LaFemina, spokesperson for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), told WWLP. "We are thrilled to see so many people embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project as a way to ensure kids with food allergies can enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience just like their friends."

Mireille Schwartz, the founder and CEO of the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board, noted that finding out what's in candy can be difficult around the holidays, which is why the Teal Pumpkin Project is so important.

“Checking labels becomes very pivotal because during the holidays, including Halloween, when the manufacturers make those mini small-sized candies and they’re often mass-produced on shared equipment,” Schwartz said. “Candy that’s safe other times of the year might not be safe during Halloween.”

FARE has asked that those who are joining in on the project place a poster near the pumpkin to indicate what kinds of treats are being handed out. The group has suggested that mini slinkies, Halloween erasers, pencils, crayons, playing cards and other inexpensive items can be handed out as alternatives to food. 

Sources: Lift Bump, WWLP

Photo Credit: WWLP, Pamela Stanley/Twitter