Have a trick-or-treater with food allergies? How to make sure all kids have a fun, safe halloween

Tonight is the night some kids look forward to all year. It’s time to dress up, trick-or-treat, and of course, eat candy! But for 6 million children, or one in every 13 kids that have life-threatening food allergies– Halloween can be a frustrating night.

Lots of them won’t be able to eat most of the treats they collect while knocking on doors tonight because they could have life-threatening reactions to things like nuts or chocolate found in most candy. That’s why the center for Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) launched the Teal Pumpkin Project back in 2014.

The goal is to make Halloween as inclusive as possible and encourage homes to offer allergy-safe, or non-food options for trick-or-treaters.

If you see a teal pumpkin on door steps tonight, that means the home has things like small toys, pencils, stickers, bubbles, or glow sticks to offer to any kids that want them, or cannot eat candy. Participating houses will either have an actual pumpkin that has been painted teal, or a teal pumpkin sign.

If you want to know before you go which houses to make sure to stop at you can check this teal pumpkin tracker online. It’s a nationwide map, with locations of homes that are registered as teal pumpkin participants. All you have to do is type in the zip code you’ll be trick or treating in, and the houses will pop up.

You can also add your home to the map if you’re participating this year. And it’s not too late to become a teal pumpkin house! Find the details for how to sign up here.

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