Halloween should be something most kids look forward to. With the rise of food allergy, autism, and SPD diagnoses it has become a stress-inducing holiday that requires much planning from parents to not let their kids feel left out. For some, especially those children on the spectrum and ones that have SPD, it may be easier to just hide out or do your own thing on this night. Fortunately, FARE has started an awareness program to make Halloween a little more inclusive for kids with food allergies. Individuals with dietary restrictions due to illnesses and children choosing a cruelty-free path can also benefit from this.
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the Teal Pumpkin Project. The idea of this is to provide inexpensive (or as expensive as you’d like) non-food treats as an option for those with food allergies so they don’t have to worry about handling anything that they are allergic to. I first heard of this last year, but we did not participate. This year we most definitely are and we went all out!
When you visit the FARE website you’ll see that they have several downloads available for you to print. I’m using one of their signs for the door and I printed out several of their half page handouts to include with each of the non-food treats I prepared. My goal is to get the word out in our neighborhood this year so hopefully next year it can be a safe and fun first trick-or-treat experience for little tummy.
In this post I wanted to share with you what I put together so you can see how easy it can be. With very little effort you can make an average of 1 in 3 kids very happy this Halloween. If you do decide to participate, please visit the FARE website and register your house so that others will know where the safe treats are.
For our Teal Pumpkin Project I went to King Soopers, The Dollar Tree, and Target. Here is a photo of my loot and a breakdown of what everything cost.
- 2 packs of 12 bubbles ($2.49 each)
- 4 packs of 6 glow-in-the-dark rings ($1.00 each)
The Dollar Tree (everything’s $1.00):
- 1 pack of 18 sticker boxes
- 1 pack of 8 buttons
- 1 pack of 40 small ziploc baggies
- 1 large cream-colored craft pumpkin ($12.99)
- 4 monster play packs- includes mini coloring book, sticker sheet, and crayons ($1.00 each)
Had I gone to Target first, I would’ve bought every single one of those coloring book sets instead of all the other little things because I think they are just too cool. All that for a dollar! I already had the paint at home for the pumpkin so that’s one less thing I had to buy. That craft pumpkin is going to last me for years though, so next year this will be even cheaper.
My grand total: $28.97 and some change
I decided to pair my treats up to make 24 goodie bags using the cute ziplocs I got at The Dollar Tree. I’m doing it this way because we really aren’t expecting that many people to opt for the non-food treats. If there happens to be more than 28, we’ll know for next year.
You see how easy that was? Come on, you still have a week and a half until Halloween. It’s not too late to run out and get a few things. Don’t forget to check out the FARE website, too. Help spread the word!
Also, for those of you that are going to brave the streets to go trick-or-treating, have you heard of The Switch Witch? We don’t have one, but I would love to get it for our girls.
I hope everyone has a wonderful cruelty-free, safe, and FUN Halloween!!!