Friday, October 27, 2017

The Teal Pumkin Project - Make Halloween Treats Safe for Everyone

I am a big fan of Halloween and our neighborhood is one that attracts many children including families who drive to our neighborhood to Trick or Treat.  I want the experience to be one that EVERY child can enjoy and so I have a lot of variety to choose from.  But most of all my concern is for kids who have allergies – I want to give them something to enjoy also.

When I first became conscious of the problem Halloween was for kids with allergies I stopped getting candy with peanuts. But as I explored the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) website, I realized that milk, eggs, wheat and soy are also common allergens that could be in many candies. Then I started to give a choice of non-food items.  I have been doing this for years.

Several years ago FARE initiated the TEAL Pumpkin Project and provided signs of a Teal Pumpkin which you can post and will let parents and kids know that you have non-food treats.  I have been posting my Teal Pumpkin sign since the first year and every year I have parents who thank me and kids who leave my door with a big smile and their non-food treat.  Last year we even painted a pumpkin teal and had it on our doorstep.

You can download your own Teal Pumpkin sign and find other Halloween resources here.  There are several to choose from - mine says that I have both candy and non-food treats.  

The non-food treats are a popular choice. The bonus is that it is also healthy to have some non-candy treats. Yes, I have candy too but I go through many more non-food items.  I try to have something for various ages so here will be my choices this year.

Moose Toys is a  supporter of the Teal Pumpkin Project and thanks to Moose  I will have loads of these Happy Places and Grossery Gang single packs.  Thanks Moose!
Grossery Gang Single Packs - Plastic Toy not a Candy Bar!

Happy Places Single Packs

Items that I purchased at Target and the Dollar Store:

Play Doh Party Size - Toddlers through Teens Love These

Pencils, Erasers and Pads
Bubbles - Popular with All Ages

Learn more about the growing popularity of the Teal Pumpkin Project here and Join In!


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