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Why your family should put a teal pumpkin outside this Halloween

Written by
Hannah Doolin

Getting scared is a big part of the fun of Halloween—but parents shouldn't have to be frightened about their youngster's safety when they head out to trick-or-treat. Kids who have food allergies need to be extra cautious before they chow down on their candy haul, and a nationwide campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project is trying to ensure a sweet and safe Halloween for kids everywhere.

To provide options to those who can't enjoy certain sweets due to food allergies, families are urged to stock up on non-food items to drop in kids' treat bags. Those participating should put a teal painted pumpkin out front alongside their jack-o'-lanterns to alert little ghouls and goblins passing by. Don't have a pumpkin? Food Allergy Research & Educate (FARE), the nonprofit leading the project, has printable signs available for use. Get fun non-food treat ideas and pledge to participate online at, then make sure to hit up these free Halloween events in NYC!

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