Colorado Springs boasts teal pumpkins

November 4, 2017 by  

Pumpkins are usually orange, but in Colorado Springs, some residents have been decorating with teal-colored pumpkins, signaling that they are distributing treats that are safe for children with allergies.

The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization says there are 5.9 million children under the age of 17 who are food hypersensitive. These youngsters can experience serious symptons should they be subjected to allergens.

Asthma & Allergy Associates is located in Colorado Springs. The organization’s Dr. Danny Soteres says one child ends up in the hospital every three minutes with this condition. He says the culprit is often cross-contamination from factories that produce a number of different candies, some of which contain peanuts – which are a particularly common allergen.

To help keep children with allergies safe at Halloween, FARE started the Teal Pumpkin Project three years ago. Homeowners who participate are asked to put a prepared flyer on their door, or put out a teal-colored pumpkin, both of which indicate they are distributing treats that do not contain substances that can trigger a reaction in kids with allergies.

Soteres reminds people that Halloween treats do not have to be candy, and suggests rub-on tattoos, glow sticks, and spider rings as alternatives.

Issues like this potentially have a community-wide impact, so officials might work with a newsletter printing company to create informative mailers for residents.