Teal pumpkins making Halloween more treat than trick


COLUMBUS (NBC News) — Introduced on Halloween just two years ago, the Teal Pumpkin Project is scaring away some frightening scenarios for children with food allergies.

“Chances are pretty good that a child right down the street from you, right down the block, has a potentially life-threatening food allergy,” explains Nancy Gregory of the Food & Allergy Research Education Group, sponsers of the Teal Pumpkin Project.

It encourages people to display a teal pumpkin or teal colored sign at their front door to let allergic trick-or-treaters and their parents know that safe treats are available.

According to the Non-profit organization Food Allergy and Education, more than 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, and Trick or Treating could be a scary time for many of those people.

“Kids with food allergies want to participate in Halloween in the same way that their friends do, but they end up giving away so many of the treats they collect because they’re unsafe. Handing out non-food treats that kids can enjoy without fear — it’s a simple gesture that means a lot,” said FARE senior director of communications Nancy Gregory.

The Teal Pumpkin Project has lots of free resources on its website, including downloadable signs to let trick-or-treaters and their parents know that a home is offering non-food treats.