by Kelley Barnett
Neither rain, nor more rain, stopped us from having a TEALly good time at this year's Teal Pumpkin Trunk-or-Treat! Families from 3 states braved the rain to safely enjoy this fun, food-free holiday.
Our lil' goblins showed off their costumes in this year's parade, made Halloween tote bags, played spooky festival games, and showed their competitive sides in a "skull race". This event isn't just for kids, oh no, parents look forward to our games each year too and this year was no different. One thing that was different, however, was our trick-or-treating stations. Instead of decorated trunks in the pond of a parking lot, we decorated tables inside. Our lil' goblins did not seem to mind, they had a blast!
We were thrilled to have several young women from Girl Scout Troops 10025, 13135, & 13343 graciously volunteer to assist our lil' goblins with the festival games this year. They earned the Girl Scouts Heart of the South council-own Food Allergy Awareness patch earlier this year and understood why a food-free celebration is important to our families. They worked hard with big smiles and we could not have done it without them.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who setup, worked the event, and stayed late to make sure our children felt included this Halloween. Thank you to Blake Billups, DDS and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Community Relations for donating non-food items. Thank you for helping our children enjoy a fun, holiday tradition in a safe way! To learn how you can include all children this Halloween, click here for information on FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project.
Food for Thought is the blog for the Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth. FAAM's mission is to provide food allergy support, education, advocacy, fellowship & fun for Memphis, TN and surrounding areas.
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