What’s with the Blue Pumpkins in Central New York?
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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.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.