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Teal Pumpkin Project offers Halloween alternatives for children with food allergies

This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness (Photo: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project) This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness (Photo: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project)
(FOX19) - Halloween is just around the corner and for parents of children with food allergies it can be real scary.

A national movement is changing things for for trick-or-treaters.

One local family is helping spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project. Their son, Luke, has food allergies and for them, safety is number one.

"Teal is the color of food allergy awareness as every cause has a color so teal is the food allergy awareness color and the teal pumpkin just signifies that if a home has a teal pumpkin or a sign displayed in their window that they have a safe non-food treat available for children who have food allergies so they can participate in the fun of Halloween without worrying that they might have an allergic reaction," said Beth Demis.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.

Their website offers fun ideas for non-food treats to give away such as:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

To learn more about the project visit their website: http://bit.ly/1ruDnxK

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