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Source: Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) / FARE-Teal Pumpkin Project

You’ll notice some homes here in Indy, and across the nation, who’re taking steps to make trick-or-treating a safe experience for everyone by passing out non-food items this year. These neighbors have likely joined The Teal Pumpkin Project. This project launched in 2014 through the efforts of the folks at the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) a non-profit organization  whose work is based around three core tenets, life, health and hope for those who suffer with food allergy issues. Experts say one-in-13 children suffers from a food allergy.

The Teal Pumpkin Project says this is what you can do to keep Trick-or-Treater’s safe:

  • Paint a pumpkin the color teal;
  • Place it prominently outside your home to indicate there are allergy-safe items available;
  • Take the pledge online, which will also list your house as participating, so folks who have children with food allergy issues can find you in the neighborhood at

Check out the interactive map of homes that have pledged to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project or add yours.

The official Trick-or-Treating hours, here in Indianapolis are 6 to 8 p.m., according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. If you observe Halloween, Happy Halloween! Be safe!

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