Shine a Teal Light on food allergies this Halloween

Here’s how teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies on Halloween

Here’s how teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies on Halloween

The initiative is called the "Teal Pumpkin Project" and its goal is to support trick or treaters with food allergies.The project was started by the food allergy research and education in 2014.

According to FARE, one in every 13 children have a food allergy.

Instead of the traditional Halloween candy, people are encouraged to hand out non-food items like stickers, glow sticks and other trinkets. A map of the participating homes is available online.

Abigail Frasz chose to join thousands worldwide by participating in Regina's Teal Pumpkin Project for the first time this year. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness.

According to Food Allergy Canada, almost 500,000 children are affected across the country.

This is the first year that Food Allergy Canada is hosting the movement. "She also can't have dairy, so anything with chocolate is out for her", said Kolaszewski.

As another option, the City of Regina is also selling healthy Halloween passes for a free child admission to any leisure facility.

For most kids Halloween is about costumes and candy, but kids with allergies have fewer options and the holiday can be a tricky time for them and their parents.

"It doesn't take very much time to make a kid's day", Frasz said, "and putting a little positivity out there is what our community needs and I'm glad this will keep growing".

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