Boardman mom says Teal Pumpkin Project makes Halloween better for her kids

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You can really make some kids’ Halloween worthwhile by taking a simple step. It’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project.

The national movement advocates for kids with food allergies or dietary restrictions.

MAP: Teal Pumpkin houses in your area

Families can put a teal-colored pumpkin on their porch, letting other families know kids with those restrictions can trick or treat there.

It’s happening right here in the Valley, too.

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Dana Winters, of Boardman, and her two kids said having an alternative can make a huge impact.

“It kind of breaks their heart,” Winters said. “They go up and say, ‘Trick or treat,’ and then look in the bucket and they’re disappointed. You know, and for such a happy occasion, you hate to see kids disappointed.”

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People participating in the project are encouraged to hand out things other than chocolate, including slinkies, balls, stickers, glow sticks or snacks that most kids can have.

You can add your house to the national map, letting trick or treaters with allergies know where to stop.

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