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How to Celebrate Halloween for Children with Food Allergies

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L.B.

For most children, Halloween means cool costumes and all the candy they can eat. Unfortunately, two-year-old Lee Beal isn’t able to enjoy the “candy” part as easily as children his age.

According to Tyffani Tucker, little “L.B.’s” mom, the Arkansas toddler is allergic to milk, eggs, soy, peanuts and tree nuts.

“One small bite of a candy bar could send him into anaphylactic shock,” Tucker said.

Luckily for L.B. and other children with allergies, they can enjoy a night of trick-or-treating thanks to a new Teal Pumpkin campaign created by allergy awareness group Food Allergy Research & Education.

The campaign calls for pumpkins painted the color teal– the color of food allergy awareness– to be placed at houses as a way to alert parents that that particular home will give out small toys instead of candy to children with allergies.

“That moment when you see a child get to have a treat that they don’t have to trade out or give away is really something special,” said FARE spokeswoman Veronica LaFemina.

Some of the suggested allergy-free tricks and treats include glow sticks, pencils, stickers and plastic vampire fangs. Houses and apartments that don’t have a pumpkin can download teal pumpkin posters from the FARE website.

The small gesture makes a big difference for children. L.B., who will be dressed as Brobee from kid’s TV show “Yo Gabba Gabba,” will be able to enjoy Halloween with the rest of his siblings.

“We just want people to know that we’re not asking people to stop giving out candy,” she said. “We are asking them to give kids with food allergies another option so they have something they can look forward to on Halloween too.”

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Learn more about FARE and how you can get involved here.

(Photo Credit: Tyffani Tucker)