Teal pumpkins take scare out of Halloween for allergy sufferers

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For some children, the biggest scare during Halloween isn’t ghouls or monsters – it’s allergies.

Roughly 1 in 13 children in the United States suffers from food allergies that could pose life-threatening risks on Halloween.

A global campaign is in full swing across the tri-state area this year to scare away some of those concerns.

Parenting expert Pamela Pekerman says her family is one of 100,000 across the country this year taking part in the teal pumpkin project.

To take part, just place a teal pumpkin outside of your home – it’s a sign that the house is allergy-friendly.

“If the child comes to the house, they are going to get allergy-friendly snacks or they are going to get a non-food treat,” says Pekerman.

Some non-food goodies worth considering include glow sticks, bubbles, crayons – or Halloween-related toys. 

Pekerman says there are plenty of options for those who want to hand out candy. 

Foodallergy.org also has a map letting parents know which homes are taking part.

School districts across the tri-state area are also taking notice – sending out emails about the initiative. 

“When schools can support parents then everyone wins and kids stay safe,” says Pekerman.

 

 

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