What a teal pumpkin means on Halloween

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Your eyes aren't deceiving you if you see non-traditional pumpkins in B.C.'s capital this Halloween.

If you would like to participate, paint a pumpkin teal or buy a teal pumpkin from a craft store and place it in front of your home to let trick-or-treaters with food allergies know that non-food treats are available there.

Every year, thousands of kids dress up in their costumes and head out for Halloween fun, but have their night ruined when the candy they receive contains ingredients that they are allergic to.

You can participate in their drive to provide kids with food allergies, non food treat options, or allergy free options, which are detailed on the FoodAllergy.org website.

Hy-Vee is now selling $1 gifts and teal pumpkins, hoping that more people will participate in this project.

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The project started in Iowa to help support trick-or-treaters with food allergies and make them feel welcome. "Just a small bowl with like five of your non-food items, and then a separate bowl for the candy".

Showing that Halloween can be enjoyable for everyone, houses hosting a teal pumpkin are sure to have friendly faces and treats for everyone.

Traditionally, Halloween decorations are black and orange, occasionally some purple and lime green to mix it up, but now the color teal is getting added to the list.

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) non-profit group, one in 13 children in the USA has a food allergy.

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