Parent Tips for a Happy & Healthy Halloween

It’s common for many families with young children to seek healthier alternatives to traditional Halloween practices (instead of Haunted houses, you might try a community fall festival, or dress up in fun animal costumes instead of scary ghosts or zombies). Everyone celebrates this holiday in their own way. For us, this time of year means family gatherings and festivals, new and exciting autumn works and crafts for the children, and embracing the seasons as they change.

Here are a few parent tips, from our HBMH family to yours, on how you can celebrate the fall season in a healthier and safer way.

  1. Of course, there’s the up-and-coming popular “Teal Pumpkin Project”. Click on this link for more information on how you can participate, http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project. Instead of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this year, try distributing bubbles, fun spider rings, or other items that appeal to all children.
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  2. Make “friendly” scarecrows using old clothes and hay, a straw hat, and maybe even some fun boots (stuffed pillow cases make for great scarecrow heads). Display alongside your carved pumpkins to show your fall spirit.
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  3. Participate in community fall festivals – whether you volunteer or take your children, these events are definitely fun for the whole family!
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  4. Be sure to stop by pinterest.com for lots of creative ideas on Halloween crafts, snacks, DIY costumes, and so much more. Click on the icon below to see our HBMH Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/hbmh/healthy-halloween/
  5. Visit your local pumpkin patch (makes for a great photo session with the kids!).http://www.storybookranch.org/
  6. There are so many great family-friendly fall and Halloween books, that you can read with your little ones.http://www.thejennyevolution.com/40-family-friendly-halloween-books/http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0760727546/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0760727546&linkCode=as2&tag=generationikid-20&linkId=Q7ASEIDUN33KVZGB

How does your family celebrate the fall season? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween!

Photo of the Day: Teal Pumpkin Project

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This year, we’ve chosen to participate in the “Teal Pumpkin Project”, an alternative, new tradition for our young friends who have food allergies.This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal – the color of food allergy awareness .Thank you ms. Carli for decorating our teal pumpkin project.

The Teal Pumpkin Project

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This year, we’ve chosen to participate in the “Teal Pumpkin Project”, an alternative, new tradition for our young friends who have food allergies restricting them from candy or sweets that are typically distributed this time of year. Many parents across the United States are participating as well, starting a trend that we hope catches on and lasts for quite some time!

It’s simple!

  1. Pick a pumpkin
  2. Paint it teal
  3. Display the pumpkin in front of your home on Halloween night, showing families that you will be distributing non-candy/non-food treats to trick-or-treaters.

There are lots of creative alternatives to handing out candy:

  • bubbles
  • fun (non-scary) Halloween rub-on tattoos
  • plastic bracelets and rings
  • bouncy balls
  • mini kazoos
  • small activity books
  • crayons
  • small pumpkins

Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless!

If you’d like to print out a flyer to display on your door the night of Halloween, or if you want to tag your teal pumpkin, please visit the link below:
http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project

Other resource:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/13/health/halloween-safety-food-allergies/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter

Spread the word and help others recognize the Teal Pumpkin Project!