What teal pumpkins mean for certain trick-or-treaters

What teal pumpkins mean for certain trick-or-treaters

What teal pumpkins mean for certain trick-or-treaters

From such a massive number, there's a high likelihood homeowners will meet trick-or-treaters with a food allergy knocking on their door. Teal is the color used for food allergy awareness. Many popular Halloween sweets contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat - the most common allergens in both children and adults - and many miniature candy items do not have ingredient labels or allergen warnings, making it hard for parents to determine whether these treats are safe.

About one in 13 children has a food allergy.

And if you aren't able to get your hands on a teal pumpkin, you can find print outs from Food Allergy Research and Education.

Food Allergy Research & Education, which launched the Teal Pumpkin Project in 2014, is the nation's leading organization dedicated to food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness and the world's largest private source of funding for food allergy research. For example, consider a child with a peanut or tree nut allergy.

Many a times, Halloween can be really tough on children suffering from severe food allergies.


A food allergy is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease; 15 million Americans now have some sort of food allergy, including one in 13 children.

A local family has been spending the last few years making sure every child gets to take part in Halloween.

If a home has a teal pumpkin outside, it means they offer non-food items. "There's some little treats or toys I can have that are non-food because with allergies you can't just have random candy", Hess said. They are placing teal pumpkins on doorsteps that signify that the home is offering non-food presents for trick-or-treaters as a substitute to sweets. With one teal pumpkin on your porch, you can make this Halloween an inclusive one that is safe and fun for all children!

Putting the teal pumpkin out front doesn't necessarily mean you aren't offering candy, but instead, giving trick or treaters the option.

Interestingly enough, this effort to protect children from life-threatening allergies could be the change needed to target other life-threatening health conditions affecting children today.

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