Boo! Halloween is right around the corner and whether you are hosting a ghoulish get together, a spooky soiree or a fright fest with family, friends and neighbors, consider celebrating the season with an allergen free Halloween by participating in the Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ.
The Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ
For over 20 years, teal has been the color used to raise awareness of food allergies and was the catalyst for the Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ. The Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ encourages individuals and families to raise awareness in their local communities by promoting the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the entire Halloween season. This nationwide movement offers trick-or-treat candy alternatives for children suffering from food allergies as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. (Let’s be honest, we could all probably afford to cut back on sweets including processed sugars anyways!)
How You Can Participate in the Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ this Halloween:
#1 Skip the candy clad shopping aisles at your local grocery store or retailer and instead get creative with non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Some ideas include glow sticks, spider rings, glow in the dark bracelets, vampire fangs, Halloween themed pencils and stickers.
#2 Place a teal pumpkin in the front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available for trick-or-treaters. Simply paint one of your pumpkins teal or if you are pressed for time, print out a free front door sign from the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) website. You can also purchase artificial teal pumpkins online or at your local retail shops.
#3 Add your home to the official Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ map. This interactive map allow families participating in the Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ to add their home address or street to this map so others can see which homes and streets are part of the Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ.
#4 Spread the word! Talk to your family, friends and neighbors about the Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ. You can even host a pumpkin painting party! Grab some pumpkins, paint brushes, teal paint and serve up some nut-free treats. It will be a spooky good time. Remember to share your teal pumpkins on social media by using #tealpumpkinproject
Allergen-Free Halloween Candy
If you decide to participate in the Teal Pumpkin ProjectⓇ you can still hand out candy to trick-or-treaters without food allergies, but this year, consider stocking your candy cauldron with some allergen-free candy options. Some of favorites include:
- Gimbal’s Fine Candies Gourmet Jelly Beans
- No Whey! Foods Halloween Figures
- Ice Chips Candy Variety Pack
- Amore Di Mona Luxury Dark Chocolate and Caramela Box
- Enjoy Life 100% Decadence Soft Baked Bars, S’mores
- Pascha Organic Chocolate 70% Dark Mini Bars, 3 Pack
- Righteously Raw Mixed Bars Box
- Dum Dums Pops by Spangler, Bulk Box
- St. Claire’s Organics Assorted Tin Sampler
- Surf Sweets Candy Variety Pack
Chixi Crispy Treat Bars Recipe
If you are looking for a new recipe to serve at your upcoming Halloween party, try this recipe for Chixi Crispy Treat Bars.
- 1 jar of your favorite Chixi flavor
- 1 ½ cup of crispy rice cereal
- ½ cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
- ¼ cup of sugar (Optional)
Simply combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir together so all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and well combined. Place mix in baking pan then flatten with a kitchen spatula. Place in the refrigerator to chill. Once mixture has turned solid, remove from fridge, slice, serve and enjoy.
We hope everyone has a happy, safe and allergen-free Halloween! Remember to tag us on social media @hellochixi so we can see how you keep Halloween allergen-free.