Painting pumpkins teal for allergy-friendly treats

Trick-or-treating is difficult for children with food allergies.

Amyah Hebrink, 6, paints a pumpkin teal Tuesday afternoon at the Kandiyohi County YMCA in Willmar as a part of the national Teal Pumpkin Project. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

With Halloween just around the corner, trick-or-treating might spark some anxiety with parents of children with food allergies.

Children participating in an after-school program painted pumpkins teal Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County YMCA in Willmar as a part of the national Teal Pumpkin Project . The project encourages residents to place a teal pumpkin or have a teal pumpkin sign on their door-step to notify children and their guardians while trick-or-treating that there is an allergy-safe handout. The non-food treats are provided to allow any child to enjoy Halloween.

Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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