How to find Teal Pumpkin Project houses for kids with allergies


Courtesy: Jose Torres (KXAN)

Halloween can be a scary time for kids with food allergies, but neighborhoods in Central Texas are taking the stress out for parents and kids.

It’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project. If you see a home with teal colored pumpkins, that is the place to take kids with allergies for treats on Halloween night.

Children won’t get candy — instead, they will get toys, school supplies or fun items like glow in the dark bracelets.

“The Teal Pumpkin Project has opened doors and let kids be kids again. They are basically able to have fun and not worry and not be scared on this night,” Dr. Haley Overstreet with Texas Allergy and Sinus Center said.

Overstreet tells us more children are being diagnosed early with food allergies — some as young as 6 months.

There is an online map that shows you which neighborhoods are food-allergy safe this Halloween along with a way to sign up if you would like to be part of the Teal Pumpkin Project.

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