BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Perfectly orange pumpkins are turning teal this Halloween. The fresh coats of paint could make trick-or-treating safer for some kids.
Halloween can be a dangerous time for 3-year-old Caden Eagerton, and a growing number of children with food allergies.
"It gets a lot harder to control the situation when there is so much candy, and it is given directly to him," said his mother, Katherine Eagerton.
So families like his are joining the Teal Pumpkin Project by painting a pumpkin teal or posting a picture of a teal pumpkin near their door. It signals trick-or-treaters that they're offering stickers or small toys instead of candy. Katherine hopes the trend catches on.
"I immediately just thought 'that is such a great idea, why haven't we been doing this already?'" she said.
Individually wrapped candy doesn't always list all of the ingredients, and allergic reactions to peanuts can be deadly.
"I've had patients who have had severe reactions from a candy that did not have tree nuts, were told did not have tree nuts or peanuts, that did," said Dr. Robert Eitches, Pediatric Allergist.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is being promoted by the Food Allergy Research and Education Organization or FARE. It quickly got more than 83,000 shares, and Katherine created pages for several local parishes.
They're not anti-candy, they just encourage more options alongside the sweet treats so kids like Caden can enjoy the fun too.
Researchers say food allergies affect 1 in 13 children.
And if you're wondering why they chose the color teal, it is because teal is the official color of food allergy awareness.