4th Annual Teal Pumpkin Paint Party

4th Annual Teal Pumpkin Paint Party

"It has been absolutely incredible to see families continue to embrace the Teal Pumpkin Project, whether they are personally affected by food allergies or not", said Lois A. Witkop, Chief Advancement Officer at FARE.

That's why the Food Allergy Research & Education organization wants Halloween lovers to go teal in October.

All the sweet goodies costumed children collect on Halloween can be especially hard for kids who have food allergies.

Here are the details on the pumpkins, what they mean and where they come from.

We know that the Teal Pumpkin Project is making a difference in so many lives and we are thrilled to grow this campaign on behalf of children who have food allergies, which are potentially life-threatening.

"The Teal Pumpkin Project is an easy way to make a big impact in your community". Cross-contamination is a concern, as many food allergies require only a small amount of the allergen to trigger a reaction.

When most people picture trick-or-treating on Halloween they think of chocolates and sweets being handed out.

Due to the serious effects that can arise from food allergies, Guerrera feels this is an important cause.

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"I've been involved with this organization since I was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when I was four", she said.

What does the teal pumpkin mean?

The teal pumpkin is not just a decoration but a sign welcoming kids with allergies for a safe treat.

"Once we can shine a light on the fact that even though this is invisible and this child with allergies looks like every other child, to know that child is going home and dumping out their candy or giving it back-they're trading it for money or safe toys because they know they can't have anything", says Clowes.

The movement has made major leaps in past years with participation from both families fighting allergies and those without.

Notino continued, "The Teal Pumpkin Project not only lets the child with an allergy know that a safe alternative is available to them but shows that the homeowners took the initiative to "include" all children".

The first step is to buy a pumpkin, paint it teal and place it outside your home.

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