Teal Pumpkins: Trick-or-treating safety for kids with severe food allergies

One special colored pumpkin lets parents and kids know a home has allergy safe treats on Halloween

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Sweet treats are actually a problem for some children.

Allergies can make Halloween a tough time for kids who are lactose intolerant or allergic to nuts. The Teal Pumpkin Project is looking to make sure all kids can enjoy trick or treating.

If a home has a teal pumpkin outside, it means they offer non-food items. That could be anything from glow sticks, to crayons and stickers.

13News Now spoke with Real Women Cook LLC, a group that exchanges recipes, but makes it a point to include allergy-free options. They didn't start the Teal Pumpkin Project, but want to spread awareness around Hampton Roads.

"These children should have a great Halloween too. And so as a parent I really felt that and wanted to really get involved," said Amy Matzke-Fawcett.

If you click here you can add your name to a participation map and print out signs for your yard. The map also is helpful for families trying to pinpoint homes offering allergy-free items.

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