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Teal pumpkin project raises awareness for kids with severe food allergies

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep will alert families there are non-food treats, like small toys, available during trick-or-treating.

Posted: Oct 19, 2019 10:38 PM

(CNN) -- Chocolates and candy are both staples of trick-or-treating for children on Halloween. While a majority of kids load-up on the sweet stuff, some won't be able to. Those who deal with food allergies, which are often life-threatening, struggle to enjoy standard Halloween festivities. 

So again this Halloween, the teal pumpkin project is in full swing. It's to raise awareness of children dealing with the condition, and for the holiday to be more inclusive.

The group Food Allergy Research and Education - or FARE - encourages homeowners to put a teal pumpkin on their doorstep. This pumpkin will alert families there are non-food treats, like small toys, available to kids. FARE also encourages those participating to add their house to an interactive map on its website. The group said it's joined forces with other food allergy groups to boost this year's effort.

Here is a list of ideas for non-food items that can be found at dollar stores or party supply stores:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

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