While you're out trick-or-treating on Wednesday, you may be confused by the teal pumpkins people have out. No, it's not a new Pinterest trend, it's for a really great reason and here's why you should get one too!

This is the first Halloween I'm going to be spending at my house with the first trick-or-treaters and the first thing I wanted to buy was a teal pumpkin. When I was a kid, one of my neighbors had a nut allergy. We would all get together after trick-or-treating and she would have to dump her candy and trade with us the "good candy" for the "not as good candy." She would usually end up with substantially less than us even though we hit the same number of houses. There were just no other options for her, until the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Anyone can participate and it's a way for children with food allergies to be safe each Halloween. All you have to do is provide non-food treat options, place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to tell trick-or-treaters you offer allergy-free options, add your home to the interactive map so members of your community are aware, and then tell others to do the same!

Any resources you may need for the Teal Pumpkin Project can be found on their website. They give you ideas for types of non-food things are appropriate, signs to hang up so people know what you have to offer, and more! I got a pack of a bunch of toys relatively cheap. It doesn't take much more to offer treats for all of the kids, think about getting a teal pumpkin for your house.

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