Food Allergies? Here’s What to Look for While Trick or Treating This Halloween

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This story originally appeared on by Alice Eldridge Summerville and Zee Krstic.

Navigating everyday life can be tricky for those living with serious food allergies, but this is especially true for kids celebrating Halloween in their neighborhoods. There are many common allergens found in popular Halloween candy—including milk, eggs, soy, and nuts. It may feel like skipping trick-or-treat may be safest.

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But there's actually a way that families can still safely head from door to door this year, and it all starts by looking for homes and porches sporting teal pumpkins.

The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) group is raising awareness on the dangers of food allergies during Halloween with a project they started in 2014 called the Teal Pumpkin Project.

According to their website, the Teal Pumpkin Project began as a way to raise awareness of allergies and “promote inclusion” for trick or treaters with allergies during Halloween. Placing a teal painted pumpkin by your front door is a way of alerting trick or treaters that you have alternative goodies—including non-food options, like toys—for those that cannot eat some candies.

If you're wondering how your household can be allergy-friendly this year, FARE has organized a resource portal on their website loaded with suggestions for things you can find at most retailers. The list is filled with lots of the non-food treats that the organization officially recommends.

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If you want to participate this year, you can sign the Teal Pumpkin Pledge and add your home to a national map that other families are able to peruse before Halloween. Look for other non-food treats (stickers, pencils, latex-free bouncy balls) at craft stores and general merchandise stores like Michael's.

If you don't have time to paint a pumpkin yourself, Amazon sells teal pumpkins online as well as a few signs that you can use in your yard to welcome all trick or treaters to your home.

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