NEW YORK - Trick-or-treating can be tough for kids with food allergies. But now families are teaming up to make sure even ghouls and goblins with allergies can get lots of goodies.
Harper Lahey, 3, loves playing dress up and doing arts and crafts. What you wouldn't know is that she has severe food allergies, which now affects one in 13 kids in the United States, according to Food Allergy Research & Education. She can't eat dairy, gluten, or eggs. So when it comes to Halloween it's black and orange but for the Lahey family it's now become tradition to incorporate teal pumpkins. It's the color of food allergy awareness.
It's part of what's known nationwide as the Teal Pumpkin Project, back for the second year. Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep lets trick-or-treaters know they'll be receiving non-food treats, such as toys, stickers, souvenirs, and more.
Dr. Blanka Kaplan says it's about raising awareness. Allergic reactions should be taken extremely seriously.
The Laheys are all set with their teal pumpkin. They're hoping other people will do the same regardless of whether or not they have children who have allergies.