Teal Pumpkin Project raises food allergy awareness

(Source: Lauren House)
(Source: Lauren House)

A national campaign is working to raise awareness about food allergies during Halloween by painting pumpkins teal.

So far 100,000 families have pledged to participate in the "Teal Pumpkin Project" put on by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

Families are encouraged to offer allergen free candies or to offer non-food treats this Halloween that are inclusive to children with food allergies. Those items include glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, or small toys.

Parents like Lauren House from Steele, Missouri say it's Trick or Treating is difficult when you have a child with a food allergy.

"You know all he wants to do is be like his brother and be like all of the other kids and it's hard to tell. It looks like so much fun when everyone else is doing it and then when he has to be excluded or he has to have something different," House said. "He cries a lot about it. But he's starting to understand."

House's 4-year-old son, Beckett, was born with seven food allergies. He's since outgrown all but his peanut allergy. House says she's glad the campaign is raising awareness about food allergies.

That's where the teal pumpkin comes in. Families offering trick-or-treat items for kids with food allergies are encouraged to put out teal painted pumpkins or posters to let parents know safe places for their children to trick or treat.

Folks wanting to share the message online using the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject.

You can take the pledge to create a safer Halloween by click here.Printable Teal Pumpkin Project posters can be found by clicking here.

The Teal Pumpkin Project began in 2014 with pledges from all 50 states and seven countries. More information can be found on the Teal Pumpkin Project website by clicking here.

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