Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Victoria joins 'Teal Pumpkin Project' for food allergy sufferers

Victoria joins 'Teal Pumpkin Project' for food allergy sufferers

Teal pumpkins are popping up on porches around the country, including here in the Quad Cities.

The project raises awareness of food allergies and prompting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

Kids with allergies will often carry teal containers to indicate they have an allergy, but those distributing candy can either ask trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies, or give every visitor a choice of which treat they'd like: candy or a non-food item.

Teal pumkins are trending now because they are a symbol for the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Thousands of people, including many in the Denver metro area, participate in the program.

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According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) non-profit group, one in 13 children in the US has a food allergy.

"So when kids come to your door, ring your doorbell, you say do you want candy, or do you want a non-food treat, you can paint a pumpkin blue and that lets people know from afar", said Kolaszewski.

This simple act is created to promote inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. "I saw that you have a teal pumpkin, I'm here for the non-food treats, 'you can pull that out that bowl for that child".

Traditionally, Halloween decorations are black and orange, occasionally some purple and lime green to mix it up, but now the color teal is getting added to the list.

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