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You May See Teal Pumpkins on Your Neighbors' Porches This Halloween

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Not all children can enjoy the spoils of trick-or-treating care-free.

For children with food allergies, restrictions or sensitivities, Halloween may mean lots of frustration and disappointment. For the parents of children with food allergies it can be a stressful time where they’re forced to deny their children treat after treat to protect them.

That’s why the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched a national campaign in 2014 called the Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season by asking participants to offer fun, non-food alternatives for children with food allergies.

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Photo via FARE

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, which translates to 1 in every 13 children, according to FARE. Reactions from food allergies can range from something as mild as an itchy mouth to something as serious and potentially deadly as anaphylaxis, where blood circulation and breathing are restricted.

To take part in the initiative, sign the online pledge and paint your holiday pumpkin teal. This indicates to others that you offer allergen-friendly, non-edible treats at your home, such as stickers and small toys.






The Teal Pumpkin Project hopes to reach 100,000 participating households in this Halloween.

Check out some photos below from the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject.





















For more resources, see how Celiac Disease Foundation joined with Teal Pumpkin Project to raise awareness of celiac disease and food allergies. 


Originally published: October 6, 2015
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