There's a new push to make Halloween more fun for children with food allergies. It's called the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. Homeowners are being encouraged to place a teal-painted pumpkin and a sign outside their door if they're offering any non-foods treats.
Food allergies can be life-threatening and affect about 1 in 13 children in the United States. Allergies to dairy, nuts, wheat or eggs rule out most of the popular Halloween candies.
Examples of non-food treats include glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads and stickers.
Organizers say homeowners can still give out candy too, but they should use a separate bowl for the non-food treats.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is the effort of the Food Allergy Research & Education organization, known as FARE.
To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project, click here.
To spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project, share the information on social media using hashtag #TealPumpkinProject.
To download a printable sign to promote your participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project, click here.
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