The Teal Pumpkin Project: Dozens of MN homes set to participate this Halloween



Orange you glad not all pumpkins have to be the same color?

Expect to see some bright blue pumpkins out on stoops and steps this weekend as part of the The Teal Pumpkin Project – an effort to help kids with food allergies have a fun, but safe, Halloween.

The project asks that families who have non-food options available put a teal pumpkin (teal is the color of food allergy awareness) outside their homes on Halloween. This will let trick-or-treaters with food allergies know there are things available for them.

More than 100,000 households have pledged to participate.

There's a crowd-sourced map that shows people who is taking part – there are dozens of markers throughout Minnesota.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the group behind it, hopes to make the holiday more inclusive for kids while raising awareness about food allergies.

The CDC says an estimated 4-6 percent of children in the U.S. have food allergies, noting allergic reactions can be life-threatening.

Non-food items for Halloween could include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers or stencils.

On Facebook, the group is asking participants to use the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject on Twitter and Instagram.

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CBS News reports the diabetic community and families who have children with autism also say they benefit from the project.

FARE also has some stories and photos on their blog, including this one:

Nearly 90 percent of all all food-related allergic reactions are from eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish, FARE says.

Food allergies among children is becoming more common, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. From 1997 to 2007, the number of reported food allergies in children under age 18 increased by 18 percent.

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