Teal Pumpkin Project promotes trick-or-treating safety

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It's just one of many places participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project in Northwest Arkansas this Halloween.

The project aims to include children with food allergies in the festivities by offering them non-food items for Halloween. All you have to do is place it on your doorstep."Last year, nearly 18,000 households from all 50 states participated", FARE says. Tiffany Rogers, Community Events Director for the Utah Food Allergy Network, joined Brian Carlson to explain how. "That's what food allergy families are interested in is that it's out there and it is a concern", said parent Sheree Godwin.

Eggs, milk, nuts, wheat and soy - these are some of the most common food allergies that many children across the country live with every day. A few years ago, someone had the idea to paint a pumpkin with the color to raise awareness.

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Food allergies can be tricky to deal with normally, but become increasingly hard around Halloween.

"The families have always been aware and often, their only real option was to not allow their child to participate in Halloween", Dr. Terry Johnson said. "Which happen to be a major ingredient in most Halloween sweets and so those children getting exposed to those could be life threatening". "Many popular sweets include the common food allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, soy, eggs, milk, or wheat, and besides that, the small sized sweets often given out during Halloween do not usually have ingredients on them and, there is too much of a risk for children with food allergies to eat that candy without knowing what's in it".

Enter the Teal Pumpkin Project, which identifies houses that offer non-food items using a trademark teal pumpkin. So when the Hartsons put their teal pumpkin by their front door Tuesday night, kids with food allergies know that house is a safe one for them to trick-or-treat.