Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips and the Teal Pumpkin

With Halloween coning up on Friday, the MA. GOV blog has a timely posting on Halloween Safety Tips where they write in part:
You can help make everyone’s Halloween enjoyable by looking after children and establishing a safe environment, whether for costumed characters visiting your home or if your kids are out scaring up sweets.
  • Inspect all candy when trick-or-treating and throw away anything that was possibly opened or otherwise not in its original packaging.
  • Ensure there is a clear path to your front door and that your lawn is well-lit to protect trick-or-treaters.
  • Remind your child about street safety and to never enter a stranger’s home or get in their car.
Continue reading the article here

Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween Safety Tips

One of the other measures to ensure a safe Halloween is to offer non-allergic choices to the trick or treaters. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project:
This Halloween, FARE is encouraging communities to start a new tradition that will help make this holiday season less scary for children with food allergies: the Teal Pumpkin Project. 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 - to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available.

The Teal Pumpkin Project page provides a variety of resources:

The NBC video clip from Philly has a summary of the Teal Project:

Hat tip to Renata for sharing this video clip!

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