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Video: Tarpon Springs police and fire departments dance to 'Thriller' for a cause(w/video)

TARPON SPRINGS – The city's police officers and firefighters decided to get down this Halloween for a cause.

In a video posted by the Tarpon Springs Police Department this week, members of both departments showed off their moves to Michael Jackson's iconic hit Thriller.

Their rendition was performed as part of a fundraiser for the Teal Pumpkin Project, which aims to raise awareness for children with allergies.

Both departments are raising money for The CURED Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research to find a cure for eosinophilic diseases, which are mostly related to food allergies.

The organizations are challenging other agencies to do the same, including police departments in Knoxville, Tenn., and Cincinnati.

Children with eosinophilic disorders usually cannot eat and many are tube or vein fed, said Tarpon Springs police detective Lara Scarpati.

"Therefore the (Halloween) holiday becomes one of dread, instead of celebration," she said.

The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes that people hand out small trinket toys instead of candy, Scarpati said, so children with the disease can better enjoy the holiday.

"When a resident places a teal pumpkin outside of their home, they are signifying to families and children that they have treats other than food items," Scarpati said.

Contact Samantha Putterman at sputterman@tampabay.com. Follow her on Twitter @samputterman.

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