Halloween can be a very scary time for parents, and I don't mean because of the masks, make-up and costumes.  Life-threatening food allergies play a major role with parents this time of year as much of the candy given out can contain nuts. But nuts aren't the only concern these days. Soy, wheat, milk and eggs may also be a cause for kids to have to give up their candy rewards after a hard night of work going door-to-door in the neighborhood.

But now there is an alternative. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization has launched a new program called Teal Pumpkin Project. Neighbors, churches and other organizations who host Halloween give-a-ways, can paint a pumpkin teal which indicates that there are alternative goodies that kids, with allergies, can ask for.

So when you are shopping for treats, feel free to include stickers, glowsticks, movie passes, coupons and other non-candy treats to give out when asked. For some kids, trick-or-treating is only about dressing up as they have to give half or more of their candy away.

For more information, visit Teal Pumpkin Project Site here.