Here’s how teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies on Halloween


Launched by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the project provides an alternative for kids with food allergies.

FARE has a list of ideas for non-food items to hand out on Halloween that includes stickers, glow sticks, bubbles, coins and more.

Abigail Frasz chose to join thousands worldwide by participating in Regina's Teal Pumpkin Project for the first time this year.

Teal Pumpkin Project indicates where allergy free non-food Halloween treats can be found.

Food Allergy Canada's Director of Advocacy Beatrice Povolo, said participating in the shine a teal light campaign is a great way for people to show their support for children who have food allergies.

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According to Food Allergy Canada, almost 500,000 children are affected across the country. Lindsay Wiese a dietitian with the Utica Ridge Hy-Vee says this not only allows other children to enjoy Halloween, but it's also important.

Thousands of people, including many in the Denver metro area, participate in the program.

"Last year I think there was about 12 houses, and this year when I saw the map there was only three so I started promoting it", Kaytor said.

For most kids Halloween is about costumes and candy, but kids with allergies have fewer options and the holiday can be a tricky time for them and their parents.

Kolaszewski also said it's about making sure all kids feel included.