Put out a teal pumpkin this Halloween for kids with food allergies

What's with all the teal pumpkins on doorsteps this Halloween? They're for kids with food allergies.
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Halloween can be a tricky time for kids with food allergies.

The CDC says that allergic conditions among children in the U.S. are on the rise, and candy that contains allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, or wheat is unsafe for about 1 in 13 kids – which can make trick-or-treating kind of a drag.

But there's something you can do to help.

Stock up on non-food treats this Halloween, and place a teal pumpkin on your doorstep to help all the little ones feel included this holiday season.

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

What started as a project by a food allergy community in Tennessee grew to a national campaign by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) in 2014.

It's "a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters," the website says.

People from all 50 states and 14 countries participated last year.

To join them, simply offer treats that aren't food – think glow sticks, plastic vampire teeth, stickers, and other small toys. (You can still pass out candy if you want, just keep it in a separate bowl.)

Then set a teal pumpkin outside to show kids with allergies that you've got the goods.

There's even an interactive map

Kids can find allergy-friendly houses this year by using FARE's interactive map.

People can add their home address or street to the map so kids don't have to search their whole city looking for the teal pumpkin houses. You can add your house here.

According to the map, it looks like a ton of people in the Twin Cities will be participating in the project this year.

And if you don't have time to paint a pumpkin teal, you can order an inflatable one on Amazon.

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