Victoria joins 'Teal Pumpkin Project' for food allergy sufferers
Victoria City Hall is among other cities in North American taking part in the 'Teal Pumpkin Project,' a campaign to make allergy sufferers feel included at Halloween. Oct. 31, 2018. (CTV Vancouver Island)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:19PM PDT
Your eyes aren't deceiving you if you see non-traditional pumpkins in B.C.'s capital this Halloween.
Victoria City Hall is among other cities in North American taking part in the "Teal Pumpkin Project."
The blue-green pumpkin placed at city hall's front desk alerts children that it's a place offering non-food treat options.
The project started in Iowa to help support trick-or-treaters with food allergies and make them feel welcome.
"We wanted to get onboard with them and harness that energy to bring it to Victoria and make people more aware that people do have food allergies," said Victoria Fire Asst. Chief Brad Sifert. "This is the time of the year that we have to remember everyone and be inclusive."
Trick-or-treaters are welcome to pop into city hall before doors close Wednesday night to pick up traditional treats – or things like spooky pencils and erasers.
According to Food Allergy Canada, more than 2.6-million Canadians report living with at least one food allergy – and two in 100 children suffer from peanut allergies.