Teal Pumpkin Project provides pumpkins to raise allergy awareness

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The Teal Pumpkin Project is providing the community with nearly 700 teal-painted pumpkins to raise awareness for food allergies.

Veronica Chavez has two boys who both have food allergies. She says the project provides them with a safe alternative.

"We've spent many Halloween nights where the pile gets divided into what gets to go away, and that's much bigger than the pile that gets to stay at home," she says.

The Teal Pumpkin Project gives all kids the chance to experience the tradition of trick-or-treating.

"It helps us so we can get stuff that is safe for us," Cameron, one of Veronica's sons, says.

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The project helps ensure all children come home with treats on Halloween night. The project encourages folks to continue to hand out traditional candy, but to make sure to keep it in a separate bowl from the non-food treats.

Aaron Hess and his family have been participating in the project for years. He says it's grown immensely.

"It means so much to us to see our community come together and help us you know," Hess says. "And we have over 20 people in our neighborhood who participate so this is the spot to come if you have food allergies."

Here is a list of non-food treat ideas:
- Awards or medals
- Books, bookmarks
- Bubbles
- Crayons
- Glow Sticks
- Grab Bags
- Pencils
- Slinkies
- Rubber balls
- Spinning tops
- Stuffed animals
- Yo-yos