Halloween isn’t much fun for children with food allergies but thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project all kids can enjoy the day.
Dr. Kevin Murphy with Boys Town National Research Hospital says there are two children in every classroom that has a food allergy. All Nebraskans are urged to join the project by displaying a teal pumpkin your front porch. That shows trick-or-treaters and their parents that non-food items will be given to children.
Dr. Murphy says, “Good alternatives are glow sticks, bracelets, bubbles, bouncy balls, vampire fangs, pencils, so many things you can provide kids who are at risk of having a severe reaction.”
Children with food allergies often carry teal pumpkin buckets to help identify they may not be able to enjoy the candy treats.
Teal pumpkins, signs and inflatables are available at many retailers. For traditionalists, spray paint a regular pumpkin teal and set it out for everyone to enjoy.