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Here’s What It Means When We See a Teal Pumpkin During Halloween

For many kids, Halloween is a fun time. But for those with special dietary needs and food allergies, it’s just disappointing. For their own safety, they can’t consume a lot of the loot they plundered from various houses. That’s what makes the Teal Pumpkin Project so exciting.

Participants in this nationwide campaign buy candy along with non-food goodies, like stickers, bracelets, temporary tattoos, pencils, erasers, bouncy balls…just about any little prize you might find in an arcade for 1 to 20 tickets. Then they buy a pumpkin or two (or ten) and give it a coat of teal paint. So parents of kids with special food allergies know that the participant’s door is a safe one to knock on.

The idea was actually created last year by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Thanks to their brilliant idea, many kids (and parents!) can have a safer, happier, more fun Halloween.

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What do you think? Are you going to put out a teal pumpkin this year?

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.