This year I am participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This means that I’ll be offering non-candy treats to trick or treaters to support children with food allergies. Children who have an allergy to something like peanuts or milk, commonly found in many chocolates and candy given out at Halloween, will have to miss out on enjoying many of the treats they collect on Halloween night.
By participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and offering non-candy treats, kids with food allergies or intolerance (or kids who choose not to eat a lot of sweets!) can still get some great treats on Halloween.
I bought a mini pumpkin and painted it. You can paint a mini or regular size real pumpkin, buy a plastic pumpkin and paint it (although some stores are now selling teal pumpkins!) or carve it first then paint it. I think next year I’ll buy a craft pumpkin and paint it because it took a lot of layers of paint to cover the orange. I’ll also be putting up a sign that explains that non-candy treats are available. You can get your own sign on the Food Allergy Research and Education website here.
Some options or non-candy treats to give out are:
- Glow sticks/bracelets/necklaces
- Plastic vampire teeth
- Halloween pens, pencils or erasers
- Mini Notebooks
- Temporary tattoos
- Or pretty much anything in the party aisle at the dollar store- bouncy balls, noisemakers, mini toys.
For more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project, please visit their website.
What did you give out for Halloween this year?
For twins or pairs of siblings there are lots of choices for Halloween costumes. Anything that comes in a pair would make a great Halloween costume for two children, such as milk and cookies, salt and pepper or peanut butter and jelly. Pop culture gives lots of options for Halloween costumes for pairs too. A duo of siblings would look great as Waldo and Wenda from Where’s Waldo?, Mickey and Minnie, Mario and Luigi, Mario and Princess Peach or dress up as Pikachu and Ash (probably pretty popular this year!)
There are also lots of ideas for Halloween costumes for groups of three or more. They could dress up as pieces of Lego, a group of Minions, crayons, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. How about this fun Pacman and ghosts group costume?.
If you’re dressing up three or more children, or your kids are going with friends and are working on their Halloween costumes separately, picking a theme and letting everyone choose their own Halloween costume within the theme is fun. You could choose under the ocean, with the kids dressing up as fish, a shark, or a mermaid. Or how about fruit salad, with every child picking their favourite fruit? There are so many themes to choose from: favourite candy, weather, favourite book characters, solar system, flowers, animals, monsters.
Do your kids or friends prefer dressing up in separate Halloween costumes or organizing their Halloween costumes as a group?
Here’s a round up of some of my favourite things for Thanksgiving.
A Thankful String via Parenting. This craft makes a pretty Thanksgiving decoration but also gets everyone thinking on what makes each of them thankful.
Thanksgiving Bingo via Lilacs and Charcoal on Etsy. This would make a great way to keep the kids entertained while the meal is being cooked.
Franklin’s Thanksgiving by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark. A classic children’s book about Thanksgiving.
Love this simple but sweet Thanksgiving kids shirt via Bump and Beyond Designs on Etsy.
Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne. Part of the Magic Treehouse series, a great Thanksgiving book for middle grade readers.
Pine cone turkey decoration via Parenting. Have the kids go for a walk to find some pine cones and turn them into decorations for the dinner table later in the day.
These rainbow heart cookies, called Eugenie cookies, would be a perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day.
This lucky charm clover necklace is a great way to use pennies you still have hanging around. It would be great to wear on St. Patrick’s Day or all year round for a little luck.
Some of my favourite books for St Patrick’s Day, for kids of all ages.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by H.A Rey, for children ages 2-5.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a CLover! by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee, for children ages 4-7
Leprechaun in Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne for children ages 7 and up
This would be a great craft to decorate your house with: Hanging Paper Four Leaf Clovers
Fun and easy craft to do with the kids: Bell Pepper Shamrock Stamp