What's with the blue pumpkins in central New York? Actually it's 'teal' and it's a movement to raise awareness of food allergies during Halloween.

1 in 13 children has a food allergy in the U.S. and Halloween candies contain many common allergens like nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to offer non-food treats for trick or treaters. "This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions," says Food Allergy Research and Education.

Place a teal pumpkin on your porch to let trick or treaters know you'll be handing out non-food treats for Halloween. If you don't have time to paint a pumpkin or go buy one, just print out a sign and hang on your door. Get ideas for non-food treats you can hand out.

Teal pumpkins are on porches across central New York and you can add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map.

Photo Credit: Food & Allergy Research and Education
Photo Credit: Food & Allergy Research and Education

The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.

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