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Teal Pumpkin Project helps kids with food allergies enjoy Halloween

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Teal Pumpkin Project

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - When it comes to Halloween, teal is the new orange. As a way to make Halloween more inclusive for children with food allergies, people across the nation are placing teal pumpkins outside their homes. 

The Teal Pumpkin Project started in 2012 to create a safe, inclusive trick-or-treating environment for kids with food allergies. According to the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and Family Resource Center in Eau Claire, about one in every 13 kids has a food allergy. That's approximately two kids in every classroom.

"There is a small group of kids, and it is growing in the United States that are allergic to candies, and might not be able to participate. We just want them to be able to participate in Halloween like everyone else," said Jennifer Eddy, executive director of Family Resource Center.

Eddy suggested some non-food gifts people could hand out on Halloween include small toys, bouncy balls, and colored pencils.

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