#KeepItTeal: A Safer and More Inclusive Halloween for Kids on Special Diets

4 Ways to #KeepItTeal for Halloween

Do you want to make Halloween safer for children with food allergies? Share #KeepItTeal pumpkin posters and other safety tips from Kids With Food Allergies. Show your community that offering non-food treats is a safer way to celebrate Halloween for trick-or-treaters on special diets.

 

 

Show your support for an inclusive Halloween celebration:

  1. Use our “This Is a Teal Zone” sign to let others know you have non-food treats.

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    Check out our list of non-food treat ideas.

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  2. Download our Halloween tip sheet (PDF). It includes ideas for celebrating at home and at school. It also has important safety reminders and alternative options for trick-or-treating.

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  3. Get your school to #KeepItTeal with Teal Pumpkins and Teal Apples!  Download this Teal Classroom kit (PDF) for your child's teacher or make copies for the whole school.

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    • Ask your child's school to display “This Is a Teal Classroom” signs. It encourages staff and volunteers to use non-food treats.

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    • Download and print our “Teal Classrooms Rock” stickers. These are great to put on treat bags of non-food items.  Or attach them to a note for other students to take home to ask their parents to #KeepItTeal and have non-food items available.

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    • Share our coloring pages in the classroom or during a Halloween activity. These make a great message to send home. Ask the teacher to raise awareness before the class celebration about food allergies with a short lesson on inclusion and keeping friends safe.

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  4. Download and share our Twitter image and Facebook cover and profile pictures. Show others you are “keeping it teal” this Halloween! Be sure to click on the image for the full size image to save.

 

Watch for information about how to join our annual virtual Halloween costume parade and our #KeepItTeal pumpkin decorating contest.

 

Wondering how teal became the color of food allergy-friendly pumpkins? See how one mom's idea became an awareness message.

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No I got it thank you. It was not loading completely for some reason. I saved it on to my computer and it worked.
Originally Posted by Allison:
Originally Posted by jcm:

Anybody else having problems opening the Teal Classroom Kit PDF?

Hi, are you still having problems accessing it?

 

I am very sorry.  I made an honest mistake.  I did not read your question correctly therefore did not understand. Your question is a valid one and a great idea as well.   I don't think that called for THE CAPS letting me know that you were so insulted by my response.  People do make mistakes.  Take a breath!  Don't sweat the small stuff.  Enjoy your Halloween!  

Originally Posted by Dawn Aaron Laird:

Wow Georgina5.... Did you HONESTLY think I didn't read the article? I wasn't asking about MY PORCH... I was asking if there was a way to "mark" your kids so other parents at the HOUSES know your kids are TEAL. It really isn't that difficult to read the response before answering incorrectly. Especially with kids 5+ you aren't necessarily on the porch with them making sure they take something they can have, and kids are kids and can have that out of their bucket on their way down the stairs before you see what they have. My kids KNOW what they can and can not have (dyes and artificial flavors), but it doesn't always mean they don't keep their little selves safe. I think this initiative can go a step farther and maybe incorporate a teal pumpkin on their bag or costume to show other people at the HOUSES!

 

Which link are you clicking (text link, Download PDF or the image itself)?  I just tried all 3 options and it opens for me.  Do you have a PDF viewer installed?  Are you on a desktop/laptop or a mobile device?

Originally Posted by Dawn Aaron Laird:

What a great idea! Is there a way for kids to show they "Keep it Teal" on Halloween night? So houses know they're "teal" kiddos? 

 

Just to let you know, we do have a few more tricks up our sleeves!  Keep watching for more ideas on how to #KeepItTeal!

We did half and half on the treats too.  But I put them in separate bowls since I know some people don't even want the wrappers touching... That said, we didn't get many who requested non-food treats, but we got plenty to opted for them. I figure that was a win anyway since none of the kids need all that candy!  I think this year, I'll skip the candy altogether - this will keep me from eating the leftovers and anything leftover will keep for next year!

There are so many ways to show your zeal for teal that I'm sure as this awareness initiative grows in the years ahead there will be so many imaginative ways to display teal, both on kids and on houses!

 

Maybe kids could carry teal-colored glowsticks (the kind that snap to light and last for a few hours) - which could also double for safety once it gets a little dark out.

 

You could also carry teal-colored treat bags, or paint a plastic orange pumpkin teal to carry. The teal glowsticks, if they are the necklace type, could hang on the carrying bag of whatever your child carries around....

 

Besides my teal pumpkin I wonder if it is too early to break out some blue Christmas lights for my bushes?

 

Just remember - we all have the same goal, to keep our kids safe and healthy, especially on food- and candy- centered holidays like Halloween.

 

I hope everyone has a nice weekend! I am off to compare candy labels to get ready!

 

Originally Posted by Katie:
Originally Posted by Dawn Aaron Laird:

What a great idea! Is there a way for kids to show they "Keep it Teal" on Halloween night? So houses know they're "teal" kiddos? 

 Oooh! I like that idea! Last year, I filled half the treat bowl with candy and half with non-edible items. Not sure which children had food restrictions, I offered everyone a choice. I was surprised at how many kiddos opted for the non-edible treats. Biggest hit..glow in the dark vampire teeth! Super cheap, too! 

Thanks Katie, every year we go through the girls stuff and I make sure they have the stuff they can't have taken out before they even get a piece... but it would just be cool to put a teal pumpkin on their bag or a pin or something on their costume to let people know to be cautious!  

Wow Georgina5.... Did you HONESTLY think I didn't read the article? I wasn't asking about MY PORCH... I was asking if there was a way to "mark" your kids so other parents at the HOUSES know your kids are TEAL. It really isn't that difficult to read the response before answering incorrectly. Especially with kids 5+ you aren't necessarily on the porch with them making sure they take something they can have, and kids are kids and can have that out of their bucket on their way down the stairs before you see what they have. My kids KNOW what they can and can not have (dyes and artificial flavors), but it doesn't always mean they don't keep their little selves safe. I think this initiative can go a step farther and maybe incorporate a teal pumpkin on their bag or costume to show other people at the HOUSES!

Yes there is a way to show that.  It is known as the Teal pumpkin project.  You put a Teal pumpkin on your porch, or front of your house along with one of the signs letting those know that you have safe non food or allergy safe items .  That is what the Teal pumpkins represent.

 

Originally Posted by Dawn Aaron Laird:

What a great idea! Is there a way for kids to show they "Keep it Teal" on Halloween night? So houses know they're "teal" kiddos? 

 Oooh! I like that idea! Last year, I filled half the treat bowl with candy and half with non-edible items. Not sure which children had food restrictions, I offered everyone a choice. I was surprised at how many kiddos opted for the non-edible treats. Biggest hit..glow in the dark vampire teeth! Super cheap, too! 

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