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For kids with food allergies, the trick-or-treating part of Halloween can be something of a let-down, especially if parents won’t let the little monsters and witches go door to door asking for treats.
Most chocolates and candies are chockfull of allergens like tree nuts, peanuts, and wheat, making them potentially dangerous for some children. That’s why teal pumpkins are popping up in front of houses once again.
For a third Halloween, the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization is spearheading the Teal Pumpkin Project. Homes offering an allergy-safe alternative to Halloween treats will put a teal pumpkin out front indicating their participation.
It is to be mentioned that an interactive map on the project site lets households mark their location. By pinning onto the map a home is committing to passing out non-food treats instead of or in addition to candies and other food treats.
FARE spokeswoman Nancy Gregory said, that some 12,000 homes have been pinned on the map, up from last year’s 10,000. She expects to see many more teal pumpkins out in the wild since not everyone marks the map.