Teal pumpkins: Safer treats for kids with allergies
Parents are encouraging houses offering non-food treats to display teal pumpkins so children with allergies will know it's safe to stop.
Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 8:28 AM EDT
Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 8:31 AM EDT
(NBC News) - There's a push this year to add a different kind of Halloween decoration to the front of your house: A teal pumpkin.
started the "Teal Pumpkin Project."
“Food allergies are potentially life-threatening. When we are looking at a Halloween celebration, it is really nice to provide something that is safe,” says Veronica LaFemina, spokeswoman for FARE.
LaFemina says that one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy.
“The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats and painting a pumpkin teal … [which] indicates that house has non-food treats,” she says. Teal is the color for food-allergen awareness.
FARE recommends that families hand out stickers, glow-sticks, vampire teeth, bouncy balls, or spider rings instead of candy, which frequently contain allergens.
A teal pumpkin on your doorstep will signal you have treats like vampire teeth and spider rings instead of candy, which may contain allergens.
Allergy experts say smaller, bite-size versions of normally safe candy are sometimes manufactured differently, making them potentially dangerous for kids with food allergies.
The teal pumpkin is a sign that even at the scariest houses kids with food allergies won't be haunted by the treats inside.
An estimated six million children in this country have a food allergy.