The world-wide movement aims to make trick-or-treating inclusive to all.
FARE thanks the following Teal Pumpkin Project official 2017 partners: Ahold USA (including its brands Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant/Martin's), CVS Pharmacy, DBV Technologies, FunWorld, Hy-Vee, Learning Express, Magic Power, Market Street, Mello Smello, Michaels, Savers (doing business as Savers, Value Village, Unique and Village des Valeurs) and SCS Direct. Many Halloween sweets and snacks are processed in facilities that handle peanuts and nuts, making them off-limits.
FARE reports the 1 in 13 children suffer from food allergies now in the United States alone.
Teal is the color that represents food allergy awareness and Kramer said the project makes it easy for every child to enjoy and participate in the holiday fun.
The Teal Pumpkin Project started nationally back in 2014, that is when the Hess family started giving out teal pumpkins. Food allergies can be life-threatening, and they affect 1 in 13 children in the United States. "Chances are you're going to get a trick-or-treater with a food allergy, and as a mom with two children that live that daily life it's so nice, for on Halloween when we can go trick-or-treating, she has some other options", said Kirsten Sears of Food Allergy Families of NWFL.
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"I've been involved with this organization since I was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when I was four", she said.
Food allergies can be tricky to deal with normally, but become increasingly hard around Halloween.
More and more teal pumpkins are popping up on front porches including in CT. "It's clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously".
"I have a severe peanut allergy and tree nut allergy, so Halloween is a little bit harder", said Norris. They are placing teal pumpkins on doorsteps that signify that the home is offering non-food presents for trick-or-treaters as a substitute to sweets.
While the teal pumpkin is not meant to replace the traditional act of giving out candy on Halloween, it is an important way to include those who may have dietary restrictions, organizers said.