Immigrating to Canada, from England, in 2003 one of the holidays that I had to get used to was Halloween. It really wasn’t a big deal in England. Guy Fawkes, or Bonfire, night on November 5th is a much bigger deal.
Trying to get my head round the concept of Trick or Treating was difficult for me. We spend 364 days a year telling kids not to talk to strangers, not to take candy from anybody and yet on this one day all those rules go out the window.
Kids go to complete strangers’ doors and ask for candy. Thankfully, I haven’t yet lived anywhere where the trick part of the night seems to be an issue. Though I have had friends who have had their house toilet papered or egged.
Most years, I haven’t actively participated as I have tended to have dogs that are not a big fan of people coming to the door constantly.
Instead I have put out a basket of glow sticks with a sign asking people not to knock on the door. It has worked well.
This year, given my health issues and the fact that Kai would be exhausted telling me about people being at the door all night I won’t be participating at all.
However, I am delighted to see that the Teal Pumpkin project seems to be increasing in awareness.
The Teal Pumpkin is a way for kids with food allergies to participate in Trick or Treating safely. By placing a teal coloured pumpkin outside your door, you are stating that you have non-food treats available.
It originated with FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education.
This video is a compilation of the project from previous years.
If you’re interested in more information on the Teal Pumpkin project have a look at their website.
Regardless of whether you participate in trick or treat or not, whether you take part in the Teal Pumpkin project or not – be safe out there.
Oh, and if you’re interested in Bonfire night – check back in with me on November 5th!