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4 Ways To Help Out This Halloween

How are we halfway through October already!?

At the beginning of this month, I shared a post about three costumes not to wear this Halloween. I like to include holiday tips & tricks in my blog that others might not know or think about. For example, last Christmas I gave you guys a guide to conscious consumerism at Christmastime.

Today I wanted to share a few tips, especially for those of you with kids who will be trick-or-treating this year, on how to be a more informed and generous citizen this Halloween.


Put Out A Teal Pumpkin

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Photo from CNN.com 

Halloween is for orange & black, right? So why would one ever put out a teal pumpkin?

The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 in Tennessee by the mother of a child with food allergies, and it is endorsed by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

As you can imagine, it becomes very difficult to take a child with food allergies trick-or-treating, when most of the candy we hand out includes (or was processed in a factory that includes) nuts, gluten, dairy, and other allergens.

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From whoaboost.com

So how can we support these children with food allergies?

By having a separate stash of non-food toys & trinkets (such as stickers, pencils, bubbles, slinkies, glow sticks, etc.) and placing a teal painted pumpkin on your doorstep to indicate that you have non-food treats!

FARE also has signs you can print out to give trick-or-treaters more information on why you have a teal pumpkin OR if you are unable to paint a teal pumpkin but do have non-food treats to hand out.


Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF

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This campaign has been around for what feels like forever. (Since the 1950s to be exact).

In elementary school we used to receive the little cardboard boxes from our teachers that we could take with us when trick-or-treating and ask people to donate some spare change. And every year we would make sure to keep a mug of change by the door for any trick-or-treaters who may come by looking for donations!

UNICEF is a wonderful organization that helps with many different causes all over the world. The Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF campaign allows our children to help children in need all over the world!

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Donate Your Candy

Ok. You know your kids always come home with wayyy too much candy on Halloween night. And you know you’re going to have to sneak into their stash while they sleep and take a bunch of it to bring to work the next day do they don’t end up eating it all.

But what if there was a better way to get rid of this candy?

That’s where Operation Gratitude comes in.

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Operation Gratitude began in 2003, and since then has sent over 1,600,000 care packages to soldiers. And guess what is one thing they LOVE to get!? CANDY!

So any candy that your kids don’t like (or that you simply want to get rid of) can be donated to those fighting for our country who really need a boost. You can also write out cards to be included in care packages!

You can send in the candy yourself (details here) OR find a local dentist’s office (or other organization) that’s collecting donations! There are TONS of them around the country!


Donate Used Halloween Costumes

Kids grow fast. And their interests change even faster. The Halloween costume that they’re stoked for one year will be considered boring or stupid the next.

So what to do with all of the old costumes just sitting in the attic?

Well if your kids don’t want them for dress-up and you have no one to give them to as hand-me-downs, then you might consider donating them to children whose families can’t afford them.

You can do this through the organization ‘Ween Dream, which collects new and gently used Halloween costumes for children in need.

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And there you have it. Four ways that you can make a difference this Halloween!

Holidays can be some of the most rewarding times to give back. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, we all seem to be in a more giving mood, but why can’t this begin at Halloween? If you have children that are trick-or-treating this year, or know someone who does (which should be pretty much all of us!), please consider doing one or more of these things this year.

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