Teal Pumpkin Project makes Halloween safer for kids with food allergies

Teal pumpkins let trick-or-treaters know that the home is safe for children with food allergies.

Teal pumpkins let trick-or-treaters know that the home is safe for children with food allergies. (10/31/15)

WAYNE - For parents of children with food allergies, Halloween can be a scary time.

Parents say they can never be too careful about what their little ones eat. The Teal Pumpkin Project, now in its second year, hopes to raise awareness about food allergies.

The project was founded by the group Food Allergy and Research Education. FARE is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to food allergy awareness.

As part of the project, families across the nation put out teal-painted pumpkins on Halloween night. This lets parents know that these homes are offering candy without nuts and other alternatives for trick-or-treating.

This puts some parents, like Debbie Sheffield, of Wayne, at ease. Her 5-year-old son Adam is allergic to nuts and eggs.

"I remember growing up in the '80s -- you were worried that a stranger was going to taint some kind of candy," she says. "But with a child with food allergies, which is now one in 13 children, it could happen anywhere."

Kim Lebron, mother of a 6-year-old who also has allergies, agrees.

"It makes me happy. They can do this with their friends and trick-or-treat like everyone else," she says.

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