Trick-or-treating is likely the most eagerly anticipated of all Halloween festivities, but don’t let all the excitement cloud your judgement. With reports in years past of Halloween candy containing dangerous objects, and concern over children roaming the streets at night, alternatives have been developed. Check out these options in the Wichita area, and a few trick-or-treating safety tips!
The Teal Pumpkin Project
If you see a house with a teal pumpkin on the porch, stop for a safe and allergy-friendly treat! Food and Allergy Research and Education (FARE)’s Teal Pumpkin Project, which launched last year, is a program in which houses offering non-edible trick-or-treat goodies can resister online as a safe location for all trick-or-treaters. The Teal Pumpkin Project serves to raise awareness of food allergies and to help include those with food allergies in the Halloween fun. Details on the Teal Pumpkin Project are available here.
Local Safe Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
In addition to national programs like the Teal Pumpkin Project, many local groups offer safe trick-or-treating alternatives.
On Friday, Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m., the City of Andover is hosting Safe Halloween. Local businesses will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters in a safe environment. The police and fire departments and other groups will be located in the parking lot of Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.
Many local churches also offer trunk-or-treating, where kids can go from car to car collecting a night’s worth of candy all in one parking lot!
Click here to see a list of alternative activities.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating
If you’re planning on taking the traditional, door-to-door approach to trick-or-treating this weekend, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
- Have your trick-or-treaters carry flashlights or glow sticks so they can be seen while walking in the road after dark.
- Remind children to never enter the homes of strangers.
- Young trick-or-treaters should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Older youth should stay in groups and remain in populated areas
- Candy should be inspected before being eaten; throw out any that appears to have been opened or tampered with.
From all of us at 360Wichita, have a safe and fun Halloween!