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Have you heard of The Teal Pumpkin Project? Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched the national campaign last year (2014) to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. To take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project, simply have non-food treats set aside separately from food treats (no cross contamination) and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available. Now, let's talk candy alternatives. You want to be sure to give out treats that kids will want to keep, while not breaking the bank. There's no sense in increasing landfill waste, after all! We've put together a list of ten items we think will be a hit this season while not draining your wallet.


Happy Halloween!


Top Ten Halloween Candy Alternatives


1)      Fake teeth- Play dress up after Halloween!


2)      Measuring tape - Okay it sounds strange, but little kids love to play with measuring tape. You can get several small inexpensive ones on


3)      Erasers -They're small, inexpensive, and fun to collect. They can pose a choking hazard to babies and toddlers, though. So be sure to have an alternative toy for those ages.

4)      Bouncy balls- It's a classic toy for a good reason! You just can't go wrong.


5)      Bubbles- Is there anything kids love more than bubbles? You can get a huge supply at places like Oriental Trading and


6)      Stickers- These are great for ALL ages!


7)      Temporary tattoos- It's like a sticker for your body. What's not to like?


8)      Silly straws - We love a treat that is functional as well as fun!


9)      Small glow sticks - These are perfect for Halloween as they also help make trick- or-treaters more visable to drivers.


10)   Balloons- Remember when we asked what kids love more than bubbles. Yeah... it might just be balloons.


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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.