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Food Allergy Research & Education

Food Allergies Got You Down This Halloween? Find The Teal Pumpkin

Teal pumpkins let kids with food allergies know you are handing out alternatives to candy.

By Karen Rodriguez | October 25, 2016

Instead of carving your pumpkins this year, how about painting them teal?

One in every 13 kids has a food allergy, making trick-or-treating, well, tricky. A teal pumpkin tells kids with food allergies that you're handing out non-food treats for Halloween.

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"I can't have most of the candy," said 7-year-old Trevin Bentley, who has food allergies. 

The nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) started the Teal Pumpkin Project in 2014. And since then, a teal pumpkin has made its way into at least one household in all 50 states and 14 countries. 

The goal this year is to "have a home on every block in America with a teal pumpkin. We hope that it becomes a new Halloween tradition," Nancy Gregory, FARE's senior director of communications, told USA Today. 

Stickers, glow sticks, bubbles, vampire fangs and beads are some suggested non-candy options. And homes can still offer candy by keeping it in a separate bowl.  

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"We just want to get the word out, show them the beautiful faces of the kids that want to be a part of this and give them the chance to include them in the Halloween experience," said organizer Sarah Piccirillo. 

If you're participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can print out a free sign to hang on your door, and can add your address to a map that shows which houses are participating. 

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