#childsafety | Look out for colored pumpkins when trick-or-treating

Halloween is almost here, and you may spot a purple or teal pumpkin on someone’s porch when trick-or-treating this weekend.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by the Food Allergy Research and Education to let trick-or-treaters with food allergies know that a house has non-food treats.

FARE says that Halloween can be a hard time for families managing food allergies, as many treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening allergies.

“The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies,” according to FARE. “This worldwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. It keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!”

Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, or hanging up a picture of a teal pumpkin on your front door, means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys.

Also this year, families may see purple pumpkins on porches to let trick-or-treaters know a home passing out candy is taking precautions against COVID-19.

The Epilepsy Foundation started the Purple Pumpkin Project in 2012 after one parent wanted to raise awareness about his son’s condition, and invited other parents to display a purple pumpkin on their porches to prompt conversations about epilepsy.

Purple pumpkins are also being used this year to signal that a home is following guidelines to keep trick-or-treating as safe as possible, such as wearing masks and handing out candy in individually-wrapped bags, according to Good Housekeeping .

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for safe trick-or-treating during COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html .

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