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Familes hand out gifts to kids with allergies

Teal pumpkins placed on doorsteps
Posted at 9:24 AM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 11:24:31-04

For kids with food allergies, Halloween can be a tough time, but there is a growing movement to include those trick-or-treaters.  Families around the country aren’t just handing out candy, but small toys and gifts.

It's called the teal pumpkin project and it was started three years ago by a non-profit. Familes put a teal colored pumpkin outside of their home to let trick-or-treaters with food allergies know they can still take part in all the fun.

One family says they wished more families took part in the movement.

"For families who don't even have food allergies in their homes it's a really good option to offer non-food treats because it just shows compassion to kids who are different," said Courtney Tam, teal pumpkin participant. 

To see an interactive map that shows homes that are participating in the Treasure Valley go here http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/fever-map#.WBdg7S0rIdU