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Here’s how teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies on Halloween

Here’s how teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies on Halloween

Teal Pumpkin Project indicates where allergy free non-food Halloween treats can be found.

With Halloween less than a day away, many are preparing for the holiday in more ways than one - including goodies for eager trick-or-treaters.

That's why Hy-Vee and dietitians around the country are encouraging homes to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Kids with allergies will often carry teal containers to indicate they have an allergy, but those distributing candy can either ask trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies, or give every visitor a choice of which treat they'd like: candy or a non-food item.

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Traditionally, Halloween decorations are black and orange, occasionally some purple and lime green to mix it up, but now the color teal is getting added to the list. On FARE's website, you can find ideas for non-food treats. Almost all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.

If parents see a teal pumpkin sitting on a front porch, it signals to them that their child can get a special treat, without being at risk of having a allergic reaction to candy.

According to Food Allergy Canada, more than 2.6-million Canadians report living with at least one food allergy - and two in 100 children suffer from peanut allergies. Why not take an extra step and make sure all kids can participate?

This Halloween, you can help kids with food allergies and diabetes have a fun trick-or-treating experience.