Teal Pumpkins welcome trick-or-treaters with food allergies

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Eau Claire, Wi. (WEAU)-- A nationwide trend is turning pumpkins from orange to teal this Halloween.

The new movement allows kids with food allergies to still have fun while trick or treating.

This year, the Food Allergy Research and Education foundation is changing the way kids with allergies trick-or-treat.

Adela Taylor, allergist at Mayo Clinic Health System says trick or treating can be a nightmare for kids with allergies.

“We still want Halloween to be fun for all kids even if there is a food allergy. If you take your child trick or treating, make sure you are reading labels before you allow them to eat any of the candy that they get,” says Taylor.

According to FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) one in 13 kids has some type of food allergy.

“New food allergies get diagnosed at this time. Parents take their child out trick or treating for the first time and they eat a cookie or a candy that they didn't know contained something and then we diagnosed them afterward and find out they have an allergy,” says Taylor.

That's when FARE came up with a unique way for kids to stay safe while trick or treating. The campaign encourages families handing out non-food treats such as stickers or glow sticks place a teal pumpkin outside of their door, so kids will now the treats are allergy-free.

“You can download a poster that you display in your yard, you paint a pumpkin teal, and you have available non-food treats,” says Taylor.

Being a mother of kids with allergies, Kari Tresselt says she hopes to incorporate the teal pumpkin project into her holiday festivities.

“I think it's really good because some of the kids who can't eat the candies can still have fun and enjoy Halloween and not feel left out of any activities which is a really good idea,” says Tresselt.

“I think the Teal Pumpkin Project is an awesome idea, and it is so simple to do. It allows the children to participate in Halloween but keeps them safe. I think it's fabulous and I hope it catches on,” says Taylor.

“I think it's a good idea for maybe everybody to do because there's certain houses you can't really pick and choose and I like the teal pumpkin ideas. I think that's a really good idea, so then they know which ones are good to go to and which ones not to,” says Tresselt.

For a full list of alternative trick-or-treating goods, you can visit the FARE website. Follow the attached link.

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