What kid doesn’t LOVE the idea of Halloween? Remember when you first understood what it meant? “So I get to dress up and walk up to people’s houses AFTER bedtime and they just GIVE me CANDY!?” What is this magical holiday?” Sure there is some spookiness to endure, a sweaty mask and miles and miles to walk, but WOW! This is a kid’s dream come true. It is a night that everyone should be able to participate in, unfortunately, the ghouls, goblins, and possible candy snatchers aren’t even close to what truly terrifies some kids and their parents. Those peanut butter cups that I sneak from my daughter’s bucket, because I inevitably end up carrying it and it’s only fair, can be truly deadly for some of them.
I feel so incredibly fortunate (and downright lucky) that my family does not have any allergies. I can send my children to school, a friend’s house, wherever and I don’t have to feel the gut-wrenching fear in the pit of my stomach of what if they come into contact with their allergen(s). It’s not like a knife that will be kept out of reach, it is (for most of us) a totally unassuming part of the world that can be just as deadly to some children. And so this year we will be participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project.
And we will do it for many reasons: 1. To teach my girls to think of others, some people can’t have candy so let’s make sure they can still have a fun Halloween 2. To perhaps make a small, tiny, sliver of a dent in the amount of candy all children will receive, and 3. It’s FUN! Kids love to get things, any things. They will already have enough candy to spare so why not give them something they can play with as well? So let’s think of others and their mothers this Halloween and paint those pumpkins Teal!
As I researched for this post I realized there are so many options for non-candy treats; some are elaborate and a great way to show off your DIY skills and some you can just order and be done, my favorite was by coolmompicks. But I decided to create my own list of options that could be purchased locally or even printed at the last minute! Not that any of you are procrastinators like me, but it’s nice to have some ideas in your back pocket.
Here is what I’m choosing from this year…
- Glow Sticks This is my favorite; kids LOVE them and parents can keep track of blurs of neon as they run away from you into the darkness.
- Juice boxes / Waters Collecting candy is hard work.
- Stickers / Tattoos It’s okay if these stick to you!
- Fruit Leathers A sweet treat without the “scary” stuff.
- Pencils / Erasers Can never have enough.
- Color Pages print outs You could even throw in a crayon if you are feeling really generous.
- Halloween Themed Story print outs Something fun to read while you sort out the razor blades and needles from your loot.
Our favorite story is the “Switch Witch” She may actually be anointed as a saint in our house some day … There are many different versions so you can adapt and make it your own, but we like this one from Natural Kids. The short of it is that she is a great way to get rid (and maybe sneak a few choice treats for the adults) of either all or at least some of the candy overload. It has been a miracle for me because the worst part of Halloween is the aftermath; the weeks of begging if she can have a piece of candy. The Switch Witch collects the candy and in turn, leaves a toy for your child. In our house the rule is… the more candy you leave, the better the surprise!
Whatever you chose, have a safe and fun time celebrating Hallows’ Eve! (What is that you ask? Learn more about the origin of Halloween at History.com.