Why teal pumpkins are popping up everywhere

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This Halloween, you might see more than just orange pumpkins on your neighbors' porches. Teal pumpkins are all the rage this year, and there's an important message behind them.

Food Allergy Research & Education, or FARE, is hoping to start a new tradition with this untraditional pumpkin color.


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The organization is calling it the "Teal Pumpkin Project", and the goal is to raise awareness about food allergies and promote inclusion of children with allergies.

How it works is simple: if parents see a home with a pumpkin painted teal outside, they know that home is offering allergy-friendly options for trick-or-treaters.

FARE says 1 in 13 children have a food allergy, and for some it can be life-threatening. The organization says it hopes its efforts will allow kids with allergies in on the trick-or-treating fun - while keeping them safe.

FARE has offered some ideas for "Teal Pumpkin Project" participants to give out instead of candy - including bubbles, bouncy balls, stickers, and crayons or markers.

The project started in Tennessee before it was adopted nationally by FARE. The idea has quickly taken off and has garnered a lot of support from parents who have children with allergies.

The Hashtag #TealPumpkinProject is becoming more popular on FacebookHalloween approaches. FARE has asked for families to post their teal pumpkin pictures on social media as a way to generate awareness about the project.

And why teal? It's the color of choice because it is the national color for food allergy awareness.

If you are giving out candy, here are some tips to save some cash:
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Buy the cheapest in bulk.

Old-school candy favorites like Tootsie Rolls, Dum Dums and SweeTarts are some of the cheapest types of candy you can buy for a crowd. A one-pound bag of Dum Dums costs $6.32 from Jet, while a 300-count box of SweeTarts will run you $17.99 via OldTimeCandy.com.

Most trick-or-treaters won’t remember what type of candy you gave out — unless it was something unusual or a full-size bar — so, if you’re on a tight budget, don’t be afraid to cut back your Halloween budget by handing out these affordable all-time favorites.

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Take advantage of ‘buy 1, get 1’ deals.

Many grocery stores run “buy one, get one free” specials each week, some of which include bags of fun-size candy or miniature chocolates. Stock up on these items if you want to hand out higher-quality candy this season. If you can find some manufacturer coupons for those items, even better. Most stores will honor the coupon on top of the sale price, allowing you to save even more.

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Repurpose and recycle.

If your kids are heading out early on their trick-or-treating rounds, you might be able to repurpose some of their less-desirable treats later in the night.

Brent Shelton, online shopping and consumer expert at FatWallet, said, “Send your kids out to other communities that hold trick-or-treat times before your own community’s time, grab the candy your kids do not like and hand that out for your own trick-or-treat guests.”

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Trade out candy for popcorn.

Break out the party popcorn machine or popcorn maker and outfit it with cutouts, streamers and other Halloween party decorations, so you have it ready to go near the door for your trick-or-treaters. You can buy empty Halloween-themed paper bags from a party goods store and hand out festive bags of popcorn instead of candy this year.

Shelton suggested making different batches with various flavorings to offer the kids. “Have an alternative flavor for meat-eater adults cooked in bacon grease,” said Shelton.

Make the most of store loyalty programs.

If your supermarket or favorite big-box store offers any type of rewards or loyalty program that gives out custom coupons based on past purchases, be sure to collect these as you shop, so you don’t miss out on a great deal. Some stores will even offer a discount on all candy purchases made within a given week or a bigger discount on certain bags of candy.

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Offer baked treats instead of candy.

If you love to bake, consider whipping up a batch of Halloween-themed sugar cookies, brownies or mini cupcakes that you can bag up and offer trick-or-treaters. Sugar cookies are among the cheapest things you can bake. According to Consume This First, baking a dozen from scratch costs just $1.64.

You can prepare the dough well ahead of time and freeze it so all you have to do is bake your cookies on Halloween or the day before. Keep an eye out for grocery store deals on baking ingredients during the fall for even more great savings.

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