This Halloween, the North End Waterfront Mothers’ / Fathers’ Association (NEWMA) is once again sponsoring neighborhood trick-or-treating on Wednesday, October 31, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

In order for the holiday be a wholly inclusive celebration, NEWMA is encouraging both residents and local businesses to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This is a nationwide movement by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization to encourage offerings of non-food treats in addition to traditional candy to trick-or-treaters at Halloween. It is a way for children with food allergies, diabetes, celiac disease, as well as other medical conditions – for whom all candy may not be an option –to enjoy a safer, happier holiday.

“Many children with food allergy and other medical conditions cannot participate in the fun of Halloween because most candies and chocolates are not an option for them. By offering non-food treats such as glow sticks, bouncy balls, stickers, and other small toys, all children can enjoy the holiday. The intent is not to subtract anything from the fun, but to allow every child to enjoy the celebration.” – NEWMA member Giana DePasquale.

Businesses participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project can continue to offer candy, but also give children the option of a non-food treat.

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In previous years, NEWMA trick-or-treating was promoted through orange ghost flyers. This year, Teal Pumpkin Project flyers will be used and distributed by local volunteers in the days leading up to Halloween. Flyers will also be available at Alba Produce (18 Parmenter Street). To participate, businesses should place the flyer in their windows before Halloween festivities begin at 3:30 p.m.

Visit tealpumpkinproject.org to learn more or contact northendhalloween@gmail.com with any questions.

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