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Louisville parents participating in Teal Pumpkin Project for kids with food allergies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You may see just as many teal pumpkins as orange ones this Halloween and allergy officials say there's an important message behind them.

Orange pumpkins sit outside Angie Dickison's house right now, but come Halloween, they'll be teal.

It's a new national campaign started by Food Allergy Research & Education or FARE.

The campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by giving out toys for trick-or-treaters instead of candy and painting a pumpkin teal, the color of food allergy awareness.

"I know the boys have talked about spider rings and vampire teeth," said Angie Dickison.

Dickison's 10-year-old son Ben is allergic to tree nuts making trick-or-treating for her family, a bit tricky.

"It's a time when they're supposed to be able to go out and have fun and not worry and just be a really fun night that they're out with their friends and they're having to think, can I have this?" she told WDRB.

Dickison is happy the teal pumpkin project is catching on.

"I have a neighbor who is going to participate. Her daughter has a food allergy and I've been seeing it all over Facebook," she said.

Dr. Tim Feger with Family Allergy said those with food allergies have to be extra careful, especially around the holidays.

"Food allergies in general can be very dangerous. The foods we worry most about are peanuts and tree nuts and unfortunately, a lot of peanuts show up in candy. There's so many product labels that say may have contained peanut products or been produced in a plant with peanuts," said Feger.

Dickison hopes even the families who don't suffer from food allergies will paint some pumpkins teal and consider handing out an alternative to candy.

"I would just hope that they would, as they learn about this, just kind of consider what it feels like to be a child who can't just come up and enjoy the candy you're handing out," said Dickison.

If you have a teal pumpkin on your front steps, that means you're telling guests you do have something besides candy to offer trick-or-treaters.

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