Making Trick-Or-Treating safe for kids with allergies

Making Trick-Or-Treating safe for kids with allergies

Making Trick-Or-Treating safe for kids with allergies

Teal pumpkins are available for download online.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is aimed at giving kids with allergies a normal Trick-or-Treating experience on Halloween.

The idea is simple: Families that take part hand out low-cost toys and place a teal pumpkin or a sign out front that shows non-food treats are available for trick-or-treaters.

It has since spread worldwide in places where Halloween is celebrated.

Enter the Teal Pumpkin Project, which identifies houses that offer non-food items using a trademark teal pumpkin. They say it's working, too, with millions participating after nationwide outreach over the last four years.

There's an interactive map on food allergy organization's website.

The Tarpon Spring police and fire departments joined forces to raise awareness for the Teal Pumpkin Project in thrilling fashion - Michael Jackson's "Thriller", that is.

People with teal pumpkins are also encouraged to print off a sign letting people know a non-food option is available. Members from the departments reenacted the ever-popular Halloween jam, but it doesn't stop there.

"Trick or treating is a community event and we want to make sure all children can be safe", said Kara Hill, founder of the Quad City Family Allergy Network.

The project aims to include children with food allergies in the festivities by offering them non-food items for Halloween.

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