Halloween is almost upon us and there's orange everywhere. There's also teal. Here's why you may be seeing more and more teal colored pumpkins. 

It's all a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project lead by FARE, or Food Allergy Reseach and Education. By placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, you're letting trick-or-treaters and their parents know that the treats you're handing out are safe for those with food allergies.

The goal of this project is to make sure all children are included in trick-or-treating festivities and aren't held back due to their food allergy.

By the way, food allergies are way more common than you may think. One in thirteen children has a food allergy. Take a regular sized classroom. On average, two kids in that class have a food allergy. It's something to be taken seriously, as every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

In the U.S., the eight most common food allergens are milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish.

Want to see who in our area are taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project? FARE has an interactive map and free resources if you want to be a part of the trend, but don't have time to paint a pumpkin.

When picking up your Halloween candy, be sure to pick-up some non-food items so all children can have fun and be safe this season!

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