Teal pumpkins help little goblins get treats, not tricks


- Halloween is synonymous with mini candy bars, pumpkin shaped cookies, and yes, food allergy scares.

The teal pumpkin effort is meant to make Halloween more inclusive, and trick-or-treating a better experience for kids with a range of food allergies.

"One in 13 children in the USA has at least one food allergy, and reports show that anaphylactic food reactions have climbed dramatically in recent years", said Lois Witkop, chief advancement officer with Food Allergy Research and Education. She hopes to spread awareness about FARE during the Halloween season to help those kids with food challenges.

"It's been something I'm glad is around as I'm learning and navigating allergens, and that it's something he'll get to participate in and just feel like a regular kid at Halloween", Kramer said. "I applied for the teen advisory group two years ago once I was eligible and have been a part of it ever since".

Place a teal pumpkin, the color of food allergy awareness, in front of your home to indicate you have non-food tricks and treats available.

"It's grown like insane", he said.

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Additionally, you can view an interactive map of local participating teal pumpkin homes online.

Food allergies can be tricky to deal with normally, but become increasingly hard around Halloween. Nevertheless, the festivities can be complicated, and disheartening, for trick-or-treaters with food allergies. For example, consider a child with a peanut or tree nut allergy.

"These children should have a great Halloween too".

"The Teal Pumpkin Project made the holiday inclusive for kids like Lyla".

The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes education of food allergies and aims for the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the spooky season.