Halloween is top of mind for my girls. They are requesting new costumes and yet, I do not know if our town will have trick or treating this year. I have heard some of the town have decided to go ahead with trick or treating, using social distancing and masks required. I have even heard of a few people making candy delivery systems. Think of a marble run for mini chocolates. One of our friends is planning to use an old wrapping paper tube to shoot the candy out her screen door to the trick or treaters. Ensuring the long cardboard tube gives her distance. I would love to get all crafty and creative to design a candy delivery system for our house. I am thinking painting the cardboard tubes, or even using PVC pipe with spray paint. What if it glowed in the dark or had spider webs hanging from it. Or even using some gutter to allow the candy to flow down. I have not looked but seem to think they are already videos on Youtube for candy deliver systems. This could be really fun for a weekend project. We are undecided on if we will go door to door in search of gluten free candy.
When I asked the girls why we needed costumes the responses was unanimous, they wanted candy. Little do they know I have picked up a few of their favorite gluten free candies for Halloween including Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate bars and Yum Earth candy corn. Finding gluten free and allergy safe candy has been a bit tricky in years past. The efforts of the Teal Pumpkin project has made the awareness of allergy safe treats more board. FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project initiative aims to raise awareness surrounding food allergies by making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters while remaining mindful. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages participants to place a teal pumpkin in front of their homes to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies or necessary dietary restrictions. In years past our local natural and organic grocery store would have many allergen safe options. This year the selection is limited. I have turned to Amazon this year to select our allergy safe candy for Halloween.
I would love to see the girls be creative and pick a costume they can put together from their closet or even perhaps the remaining dress up clothes. I believe this year we have a chance to be creative as a mask will be required. Unlike years past where the mask was not allowed at school. I suggested a few characters to the girls, who have already said, “Noooo Mom.” Perhaps these ideas may help you. I thought about Woody from Toy Story and his bandana (mask), Jasmine from Aladdin and her scarf (I really still like this idea), a cowboy, perhaps even Annie Oakley or a mummy.
As for the candy, the most important part if you ask my girls, we are choosing gluten free, nut free and a few dairy free bags. I am picking the ones with organic sugar. We have a full list of our top selections here, which can easily be found on Amazon.
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