How teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies on Halloween

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For most kids Halloween is about costumes and candy, but kids with allergies have fewer options and the holiday can be a tricky time for them and their parents.

Since 2014, the non-profit group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has asked parents and kids find people offering allergy-friendly alternatives by placing a teal pumpkin on their doorstep.

Thousands of people, including many in the Denver metro area, participate in the program. A map of the participating homes is available online.

According to FARE, one in every 13 children have a food allergy.

FARE has a list of ideas for non-food items to hand out on Halloween that includes stickers, glow sticks, bubbles, coins and more.

The group says The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired thanks to a local awareness activity in Tennessee a few years ago. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness.

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