Teal pumpkins raise attention for children with food allergies

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MADISON, Wis.(WMTV) -- This Halloween, a trend is gaining attention for kids with food allergies.

The Teal Pumpkin Project started four-years ago. It's since gained national attention as a way to alert families that certain homes are allergy friendly for trick-or-treaters.

To participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, families place a teal colored pumpkin outside their home. It lets people know the treats they're giving out are safe for kids with food allergies.

"Even if you don't have food allergies, if you are participating you're showing that you understand and that you're standing behind that cause," said Sheree Godwin, who has three kids with allergies.

The Food Allergy Research and Education Foundation lists these ideas for non-food treats:
Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
Mini Slinkies
Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
Bouncy balls
Finger puppets or novelty toys
Spider rings
Vampire fangs
Mini notepads
Playing cards

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