YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — Residents may see another color on their doorsteps while trick-or-treating takes place this Halloween.
The Food Allergy Research and Education, or FARE, started the Teal Pumpkin Project to bring awareness to food allergies.
When parents see a pumpkin painted teal, they know the home is offering allergy-friendly options.
FARE says 1 in 13 children have a food allergy, and for some it can be life-threatening. The organization said it hopes its efforts will allow kids with allergies in on the trick-or-treating fun, while keeping them safe.
FARE has offered some ideas for Teal Pumpkin Project participants to give out instead of candy, including bubbles, bouncy balls, stickers and crayons or markers.
Andrea Neuman-Taddei of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley said it’s about including everyone.
“Making them feel included in Halloween. We know that Halloween is a very exciting holiday, and there is a lot of candy involved. What we’re finding is some of that candy have high allergens in them, have peanuts involved or things of that sort,” said Neuman-Taddei.
Teal is recognized as the national color of food allergy awareness.