Thursday, October 29, 2015

What's The Deal with the Teal?

This Halloween you may spot teal pumpkins along your Trick or Treating route. So what is the deal with the teal? 

Well it's all about the Teal Pumpkin Project started by the Food Allergy Research and Education Foundation. The project goal is to raise awareness and give children with allergies a fun and safe Halloween experience. As a parent of a child with a severe nut allergy, this is such a great alternative. Usually when my daughter goes trick or treating she comes homes and cannot eat about 1/4 of her loot..

The idea is simple. Offer non-food treats instead of candy for those with allergies or those who can't have candy. (I am looking at you braces wearers!)

The FARE has a great list of non-food treat ideas that will cost you about as much as candy would.

Ideas for Non-Food Treats

Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils
You can find more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project HERE

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