Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project™? Have you seen teal pumpkins around town? If you see a teal pumpkin on a porch it means that a non-food treat is available for trick-or-treaters!
Per the website, it was "Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season." It is estimated that 15 million Americans have food allergies and that 1 in every 13 children has a food allergy.
I promised several parents that I would find out more and provide a list of nut-free/wheat free candy, but the goal is to provide non-food treats. Here is a link to non-food treats.
Trick or Treat in Hamilton-Wenham is on 10/31 from 5pm-8pm. The Hamilton-Wenham Police Department shared a blog post on Wicked Local with Halloween Safety Tips. and it is in Manchester starts at 5pm and some road will be closed until 9pm for safety reasons. Here is a link for detailed information on road closures.
Finally, here is a great article put out by the National Association for the Education of Young Children called
What's Too Scary?
If you end up with too much candy, the Wenham Museum is hosting a Switch Witch. You can turn in your candy at the museum for a discount 10% discount (15% for members) in the museum shop.
Have a Happy and Safe Trick Or Treat!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.