Shine a Teal Light on food allergies this Halloween

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

Shine a Teal Light on food allergies this Halloween

Since 2014, the non-profit group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has asked parents and kids find people offering allergy-friendly alternatives by placing a teal pumpkin on their doorstep.

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) non-profit group, one in 13 children in the US has a food allergy.

In order to participate, all it takes is a teal pumpkin or a sign letting the little trick-or-treaters know there are allergy safe options available.

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

Kolaszewski is a big advocate of the nationally recognized "Teal Pumpkin Project".

Thousands of people, including many in the Denver metro area, participate in the program. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness.

"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.

As another option, the City of Regina is also selling healthy Halloween passes for a free child admission to any leisure facility.

Meanwhile, Frasz is busy getting ready for her favourite spooky holiday, knowing she's helping make a difference.

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