Halloween is almost here! I am so very excited for another year of jack o’lanterns, costumes and trick or treating!
I will confess that we are a bit traditional in our candy offerings.
For us, it is a treat, and we honestly never end up eating all of the candy little man collects on his adventures around the neighborhood. However, since having a child, I realize that not all parents want their kids having buckets of chocolate and sweets, that some little ones probably may not be old enough for candy so they aren’t reaping the benefits of the haul they collect, and that their are some children who have allergies and sensitivities which make candy off-limits in any shape or form.
As a result, we started adding some extras to our goody basket – individual bags of pretzels, fruits snacks or goldfish, and even glow sticks, so that our trick or treaters could make choices that were best for them, and everyone could walk away happy.
We also learned something. Glow sticks? Are a huge hit.
Of course, we planned to continue in the same vein this year. However, FoodAllergy.org introduced a new initiative, and we are happy to join the program.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way to help make it easier for parents and children to identify which houses are giving non-food alternatives. All you do is display a teal-colored pumpkin outside your house (it’s very easy to do with a real or artificial pumpkin and some acrylic craft paint).
In the meantime, we have a great bucket full of non-edible goodies for trick or treaters, in addition to our regular offerings.
This year, we have a variety of glow sticks, tattoos, spider and skull rings, Halloween pencils, little glow in the dark rubber duckies, and glow in the dark slime. I think it’s a fun selection and will hopefully be a great alternative to candy.
(In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to do with all the candy your little ones DO bring home, there is the Halloween Candy Buy Back site. Entering your zip code will direct you to local dentists who are willing to “buy” your unwanted Halloween candy and get it off your hands. The candy is then sent off to Operation Gratitude, where it is boxed up into care packages for deployed US service people.)
Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project?
Do you keep all the candy or participate in a candy buy back program?