PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Halloween can be scary for kids with allergies, and challenging for their parents.
But the group Food Allergy Research and Education is encouraging families to start a new tradition. It’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Families that wish to provide a safe, non-food treat for trick-or-treaters can paint a pumpkin teal and place it on their porch.
KDKA’s Kym Gable talked to a local family who spent Tuesday evening painting their pumpkins teal.
Scott and Tara Stoufflet of Wexford say their son, Scott Jr. developed his own trick-or-treat strategies over the years.
The 10-year-old has a peanut allergy.
“He developed his own skill,” said his father Scott. “The first time we went trick-or-treating, he went to the first house (and said) ‘trick-or-treat, I’m S.J. and I have a peanut allergy!’”
Scott Jr. knows he could become very ill if he eats the wrong treat.
Kym Gable: “What are some candies you know you just can’t eat?”
Scott Jr.: “Peanuts, M&Ms, Snickers, Crunch Bars.”
“He’s anaphylactic,” said Mom Tara. “He really can’t have the littlest bit of anything. It will be really nice for him to go up to the door and know something’s there for him.”
Teal is recognized as the national color for food allergy awareness.