Teal Pumpkin Project Targets Children with Allergies

PUTNAM COUNTY, WV - A project began in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) (www.foodallergy.org), the Teal Pumpkin Project is offering kids with an alternative to the standard offerings of Halloween's trick-or-treat. Alternative offerings may include small toys, gift cards, etc. Since the projects inception in 2014, homes across the United States have been placing teal painted pumpkins on their porch to signify their participation in the program. The color teal is the color of food allergy awareness.

"FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all," says the organization's website.

Approximately 1 in every 13 children has a food allergy. For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe anaphalactic reaction. The most popular allergens in Halloween candy are nuts, milk, eggs, soy or wheat.

Peanuts and bee stings are the two most common allergens world-wide, spanning a wide-array of age groups. Such allergens can cause severe allergic reactions called anaphalaxis. Anaphalaxis can cause severe itching, swelling around the eyes or within the throat, hives or difficulty breathing. In its most severe form, alaphalaxis is a severe life-threatening illness than can result in death. Anybody experiencing these symptoms should call 911 immediately!

To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can go to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) website. To signify your participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can simply place a teal painted pumpkin on your porch or download a sign to show your support by clicking here. You can also register your home on the Teal Pumpkin Project map or search for other homes that may be participating in the program by clicking here.