DAVENPORT, Iowa (WQAD) – Halloween is right around the corner, but for parents of children with allergies, the holiday can cause anxiety.
It can be difficult to explain to children that they can’t always eat the candy they are given while trick-or-treating.
Taylor Smith has a daughter who is allergic to eggs, and every year she takes part in the ‘Teal Pumpkin Project’.
If there is a teal pumpkin on someone’s porch, it is a sign that the house is giving away non-food trinkets or treats. These will be safe for all trick or treaters.
Seeing a teal pumpkin is very exciting for children who are constantly on their guard, trying to avoid an allergic reaction.
“[Parker’s] gets better by remembering to ask mom, ‘Does this one have eggs?’,” Smith said. “But seeing her big sister snack on candies right away, you can see the look on her face – she’s tired.”
And people don’t have to stock up on expensive toys to participate.
Parents say things like pencils and sticker books have been very popular.
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