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Teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies celebrate Halloween

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Soon kids will be trick or treating, but nearly two kids in every classroom have food allergies leaving millions of children unable to eat the candy they pick up on Halloween, but a growing campaign is trying to change that.

Lukas Mazur is a happy, healthy 6-year-old who loves sweets and snacking. So naturally, trick or treating would seem like a perfect fit. But until recently, Lukas' severe allergy to peanuts and tree nuts turned Halloween into a drag.

"Because your friends can have all of these great treats, but you have a nut allergy, so you can't eat all that stuff," said Lukas.

But this year, Mazur couldn't wait to put on his costume and show us this teal pumpkin on his front step.

For trick or treaters with food allergies, it's a signal that a home is handing out non-food treats.

it's part of an inclusion and awareness campaign by the group food allergy research and education called 'the Teal Pumpkin Project' now in its third year.

"With 1 in 13 kids having a food allergy here in the U.S., chances are, that one of these kids' lives right down your block," said Nancy Gregory, Food Allergy Research and Education. 

The number of homes participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project is growing. The group behind it says their ultimate goal is to have one "teal" pumpkin on every block in America.

"I think it would be incredible if it can happen," said Jayme Mazur, Lukas' mother.

Jayme says their home is the first on the street to embrace the teal pumpkin, but she and Lukas are hopeful it won't stop there.

"It makes me happy that people do it, so I can be included with Halloween," said Lukas.

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