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Why You May Spot Teal Pumpkins This Halloween

The Food Allergy Research & Education is renewing its campaign to encourage people to give out non-candy treats for Halloween and let families know by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their porches



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    Halloween can be a challenge for parents of trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

    Screening candy can be difficult and some children may feel singled out because they receive less than their friends.

    This Halloween, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group has renewed a national campaign called the "Teal Pumpkin Project." It suggests households giving out non-food treats place teal-painted pumpkins on porches as a way of showing students with allergies it's safe to trick-or-treat there.

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    Possible non-food treats include glow bracelets, pencils, vampire teeth, mini notepads and playing cards.

    Launched in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to "raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season," according to the group.

    FARE said households in 50 states and seven countries participated in last year's initiative. This year, the group aims to expand its movement and hopes 100,000 households will pledge to participate. You can learn more on FARE’s website.

    "Food allergies are potentially life-threatening. When we are looking at a Halloween celebration, it is really nice to provide something that is safe," FARE spokeswoman Veronica LaFemina told "Today" last year. She noted that one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy.

    In a 2014 post on FARE’s blog, the campaign said it reached nearly 5 million people on Facebook and the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject carried photos from many Twitter users embracing the campaign.

    Here is some of what people shared:

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