(MINOT, ND) – Trick-or-Treaters with food allergies will be on the lookout for teal pumpkins as they go door to door this Halloween.
The Teal Pumpkin Projectô is a nationwide initiative that seeks to make Halloween safer for children with food allergies by encouraging households to offer non-food treats along with traditional candy.
This year, Trinity Health and the Minot Daily News have teamed up to provide teal pumpkin signs that can be placed in doors or windows, indicating that non-food treats are available.
Dr. Sean Stanga and Dr. Michael Reder, allergy specialists with Trinity Health, say promoting awareness for children with food allergies is a good thing.
‘Some of the most allergenic foods we know of are found in candy products,’ Dr. Reder said. ‘If you’re handing out candy on Halloween and you want to be conscientious, you might want to consider offering some non-food options, like stickers, pencils, bracelets or small toys.’
The Teal Pumpkin Projectô is a promotion of the Food, Allergy, Research & Education program. The signs are also available on the program’s website at www.TealPumpkinProject.org “””