A national movement that features teal pumpkins has reached Maine, offering an important message to parents of some trick-or-treaters.

Most of us remember Halloween as an amazing holiday where we could just run from one house to the other, filling bags or pillowcases with tons of candy. What could be better than that? But, for some kids, it's a dangerous time because they have allergies to things like chocolate and peanut butter.

That's where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in. This national initiative encourages folks to offer non-food treats, like small toys or games, to kids who can't eat all that sweet, sugary stuff. And to let parents know that they're offering a safe alternative, they can just put a teal pumpkin on their steps. It's as easy as that!

I know, I know, pumpkins don't grow in a shade of teal. Obviously, the orange would need to be covered with some teal paint. But that could be a cool project to do with the kids, to help them understand that other kids have a tougher time enjoying the holiday. For more information, log onto the website for the Teal Pumpkin Project.