Trick-or-treaters with food allergies on the lookout for teal pumpkins
Trick-or-treaters with food allergies should be on the lookout for teal pumpkins this Halloween.
The "Teal Pumpkin Project" is a movement to provide candy and non-edible treats to children with food allergies.
A teal pumpkin in front of a house means the homeowner will hand out allergy-free candy, stickers, toys and pencils.
Parents with children that are allergic to peanuts, nuts or dairy are grateful for this safe option.
For kids like Riya Pawan Motwani, who can't have many classic candies like chocolate because of a food allergy, the imagined scares of Halloween can become real.
"Anaphylaxis is no joke,” says mother Jigisha Motwani Mongroo. “You're taking your child to the hospital. They can't breathe and it's really scary."
Foodallergy.org has an interactive map
that shows which homes have teal pumpkins.