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Teal pumpkins signal safe Halloween treats for kids with allergies

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Halloween can be an extra scary time for kids who have food allergies. Staple candies like chocolates and candy bars with nuts can be frightening and even deadly to some children, which makes trick-or-treating a challenge for many families.

Kiley Tritz knows that fear far to well. Her 7-year-old daughter Aubrie is allergic to dairy and peanuts. If she even touches a candy bar with peanuts she can go into a life-threatening type of allergic reaction.

"It's difficult. It's hard for us to see her go up to someone's front door and get a peanut butter cup and then have her not even be able to touch it to put it into her bag, but she does enjoy the idea of getting dressed up and going door to door," said Tritz.

"There have been many Halloweens were I cry at night because I wish she could just do this," said Tritz.

This year, glow sticks, tattoos and stickers are some of the items trick-or-treaters will get who visit their home. The Tritz family is taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

It's a project encouraged by the Food Allergy Research and Education Center to raise awareness about food allergies.

The family spent Sunday afternoon painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness- which will be placed in front of their home.

It's a sign that their home will be giving out non-food treats for Halloween.

"This isn't about taking away candy for everyone. It's not a no candy movement. It's just about being inclusive for all children," said Tritz.

If you are interested in becoming a Teal Pumpkin Project home or just passing out non-food treats at Halloween, the Food Allergy Research and Education Center offers these tips for non-food treats:

•Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces

•Pencils, pens, crayons or markers


•Halloween erasers or pencil toppers

•Mini Slinkies

•Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers

•Bouncy balls

•Finger puppets or novelty toys


•Spider rings

•Vampire fangs

•Mini notepads

•Playing cards




If you would like more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project, click here.

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