Orange pumpkins turn teal for food allergy sufferers
What's your favorite Halloween candy? Families with children who have food allergies have a tough time navigating trick-or-treating fun.

The Teal Pumpkin Project, started by Food Allergy Research Education (FARE) in 2014, encourages people to offer an allergy-free item and put a teal pumpkin on your doorstep to let the neighborhood know about it. There are several ideas for allergy free options on www.foodallergy.org.

This fall, several people have posted threads on local Facebook groups to promote the Teal Pumpkin Project.

"The teal pumpkin project is really cool for my family because my daughter has food allergies, so it's a way to show being inclusive to everyone who might not be able to eat candy or certain types of candy on Halloween," said Missy Berggren, who has two teal pumpkins on the porch of her Crystal home.

Berggren blogs about life with food allergies on www.marketingmama.com.

"I love that the Teal Pumpkin Project is raising awareness and I'm hearing a lot of people who don't have food allergies that are starting to do it," said Berggren.

The Hy-Vee store in New Hope had a teal pumpkin display to educate people on the project. If people do not want to paint or buy a teal pumpkin, they can print a sign off the Food Allergy website advertising they carry allergy-free treats.

Shannon Slatton, reporting
on Twitter: @sslatton

October 30, 2015


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