Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project , this Halloween? If not, it’s definitely worth thinking about.
Perhaps you take your children trick-or-treating door-to-door still, or hand out treats yourself.
This is a fabulous ideas for several reasons, in my opinion.
The original idea, was to place either an actual teal pumpkin outside (craft stores sell them in all colors or you could easily paint either a real or plastic pumpkin) or a poster/print of one (Google Teal Pumpkin Project and you’ll find tons to print out), in a visible window or on your front door, to signify that your home is handing out small favors or toys as opposed to candy, for food allergy awareness.
Not only is this a great idea to help prevent peanuts, for example, from getting into the wrong hands, but it’s a great idea if your family is Vegetarian or Vegan (most marshmallow and gummy candy contains gelatin, which is an animal byproduct).
Even when I worked in a busy mall salon, the mall hosted trick-or-treat nights, and provided each store with a box of goody bags to hand out to those who stopped in – however, 30 or so bags didn’t go very far, and the business was responsible for providing any additional treats.
This would be a fabulous idea for businesses, as well as personal residencies, since sadly we don’t see many trick-or-treaters (here at least) due to the sketchy nature of a few people (if you’re old enough, you may remember the razor blades in apples horror of the 80’s, which, while many claim it was a hoax, was serious enough to have hospitals offer to X-Ray candy, free of charge, the night of Halloween and a few days after).
A lot of schools also ask to refrain from sending candy or other confections for parties or exchanges, for this reason (food allergies) as well as the insane amount of sugar that can be ingested.
Make sure you follow Glitter Fantasy on Facebook , where we’ve been sharing a lot of fun, DIY projects that would make great substitutes for candy on Halloween, whether you’re participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, have been asked to provide non-edible treats at a school or workplace or just want to provide pint-sized ghouls and goblins something a bit more substantial, creative, longer lasting and sugar-free this Halloween.
Now, you have a legit reason to buy, and horde, all the candy!
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