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What teal Halloween pumpkins mean for certain trick-or-treaters

What teal Halloween pumpkins mean for certain trick-or-treaters

- Halloween is synonymous with mini candy bars, pumpkin shaped cookies, and yes, food allergy scares.

If you have a child with allergies, especially to certain foods such as peanuts, milk, and eggs, trick-or-treating can be an especially stressful time.

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Chloe Guerrera, a junior at Monroe-Woodbury High School, is a teen advisor with the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization which provides information and raises awareness toward those living with food allergies. She says this project helps make Halloween festivities worry-free. "I thought that was just really sad", Hernandez said. Dubbed the "Teal Pumpkin Project" - as teal is the official color for food-allergy awareness - people are simply leaving teal-painted pumpkins on their porches to let youngsters know they've got non-food or allergy-friendly treats to offer. The campaign was inspired by a local awareness activity conceived by Becky Basalone and run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.

The first step is to buy a pumpkin, paint it teal and place it outside your home.

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

For millions of children with food allergies and their parents, the Halloween trick-or-treating tradition can sometimes be fraught with anxiety because many sweets that are handed out contain major food allergens such as milk, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat. "It's clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously". Now, families across the country are taking part, looking to make sure every child can have a safe Halloween.

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