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.
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.
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.
Participate in community fall festivals – whether you volunteer or take your children, these events are definitely fun for the whole family!
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.
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!
Pick a pumpkin
Paint it teal
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:
fun (non-scary) Halloween rub-on tattoos
plastic bracelets and rings
small activity books
Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless!