Halloween night can be frightening, but even more frightening for an estimated 15 million Americans who suffer from food allergies.
"He can't have anything with wheat, rye or barley," said Donna Taylor, her son, Russell has food allergies.
She said it's something he has had to cope with all of his life. Taylor told Newschannel6 during Halloween, it's even more difficult, because when trick-or-treating most of the candy and snacks her son receives, he is not allowed to eat.
"We let him go trick or treating, but I remember last year we ended up eating most of his stuff or giving it to his brothers, because there was very little in their he could actually have," said Taylor.
The Food and Nutrition Community of East Tennessee hopes to change that and create its own tradition through the
The organization said it wants to eliminate the fear many kids with food allergies have eating their Halloween treats and
wants anyone providing non-food treats to trick-or-treaters to have a Teal pumpkin outside their door, signaling it's a food allergy friendly stop. A change in tradition Donna hopes will mean all the difference for her son and many others.
"I want him to have a normal Halloween experience without haven't to worry, 'Can I eat this?' or 'Will it make me sick?, said Taylor.
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