'Teal Pumpkin Project' works to include all trick-or-treaters

Kenny Tucker
November 2, 2018

Your eyes aren't deceiving you if you see non-traditional pumpkins in B.C.'s capital this Halloween.

"You don't have to have one of these for every trick-or-treater", said Watters.

"Whether it's a lantern or whether it's a teal lightbulb on your front porch, kids with food allergies will know that your house has options for them that are not food related. I saw that you have a teal pumpkin, I'm here for the non-food treats, 'you can pull that out that bowl for that child".

According to Food Allergy Research and Education, one out of every thirteen children in the US has at least one food allergy.

According to FARE, there are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out.

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The group says The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired thanks to a local awareness activity in Tennessee a few years ago.

Food Allergy Canada is also raising $50,000 to buy 50,000 teal bulbs, which they will distribute across Canada to support children with food allergies. "On a personal level, my youngest child has a genetic disorder that requires a special diet".

You may have been seeing teal pumpkins in your neighborhood.

This Halloween, you can help kids with food allergies and diabetes have a fun trick-or-treating experience. "He can't have most commercial candy, so it is that much more important to me to make sure I have non-food treats out for him and other kids like him".

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