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Teal Pumpkin Treat Guide


Holidays can be such a scary time for families trying to safely navigate their lives through food allergies, especially Halloween.  That's why the Teal Pumpkin Project is so near and dear to my heart.  Today, I put together a few non-food Halloween treat ideas to show y'all that participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project does not have to be expensive or time consuming! 

Each year I buy a few new items to get in the Halloween spirit, and I mix those with our current selection.  One of the great things about non-food treats is being able to stash the leftovers for next year. Unlike leftover candy, your extra teal pumpkin goodies will not negatively affect your waistline or catch shade from Barbara in accounting when she notices you eating them... again.  (Really, Barbara?). After Halloween, I hit the clearance aisles to replenish. Not only do I have food allergy-friendly treats, but I have a fun variety to expand to year after year.  

So let’s get started!



Glow Sticks!  The gift your kids will love to use right away.  These are perfect for Halloween night and help visibility as an added safety bonus.  Amazon has all sorts of things that will illuminate your night, from bugs (uh, cool!?) to finger flashlights and flashing LED rings, so there's no excuse to stay in the dark on this one.

Washi tape.  This one might seem weird, but I swear it is my daughter's FAVORITE thing.  She uses it to decorate gifts, cards, drawings, me, her brother, the Kleenex box... Everything gets an extra special arts and crafts touch around here.

Which brings us to Stickers. I've yet to meet a kid that didn't love them.  My daughter hordes them, and my son eats them. (Okay, maybe he's not the best example.)  These vinyl stickers are awesome because kids young and old can use them to decorate their art, devices, school supplies, folders etc.

Round out your Halloween arts & crafts offerings with these Halloween StampsOf course, it doesn't have to be Halloween related... any themed stamps are super exciting when it's time to sit down and get creative.

Halloween themed goodies abound, and you can find some great variety packs to start our your Teal Pumpkin collection in a fun and affordable way.  This Variety Pack features Halloween rubber duckies, and Variety Pack 2 has everything from vampire fangs to fake fingers.

Animal Erasers are another favorite around here.  My daughter loves to take apart and put together these puzzle erasers.  She collects every one she can find and does some great imaginative play with them.  Do not give these to the wee little ones though... they are choking hazards for sure.

No treat box is complete without something sticky and weird.  So might I suggest the Sticky Hands?  Now, I know what you're thinking.  "But, Tania, I don't really like hands.  Is there something else that's sticky and fun?"  Oh boy, Barbara. You bet your bottom dollar there is.

Last but not least, Slap Bracelets! They were cool when we were in school, and they still are!  Bonus feature... save one to slap on Barbara when she starts up on you.  (Girl, ssh and find yo desk!)

Tip: For the youngest of youngsters, consider handing toys directly to them/their parents or ask mom and dad to choose. That way you don't have to experience the joys that are a toddler spurned when they accidentally pick something out that is not age appropriate.  

A word of caution: avoid non food gifts that may contain food ingredients such as Play Doh, Slime, Crayons, etc. There are lots of "Top 8 Allergen Friendly" candies out there that you can have on hand, but please be aware that many children are allergic to foods outside of the Top 8 and would not be able to enjoy these "allergen friendly treats."  Having first hand experience with kiddos who don't play by the "popular" food allergy rules, I like to skip the food treats all together--that way everyone can enjoy a little holiday treat on Halloween.

To everyone who has taken the time to read this, buy food allergy safe treats, and slap a teal pumpkin out front—I want you to know the magnitude of what you’re doing. That teal pumpkin on your porch is like a beacon of light in the dark, dark seas of food allergies. This one small gesture of inclusion means everything to a parent and child who are trying their best to just have one “normal” holiday experience. Thank you for thinking of our families.

I will continue to add to this list as Halloween approaches, so check back and share with  your friends! 

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Read more about the teal pumpkin project here:
https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project

Weekend Guide :: 10/19 - 10/21



Sidewalk Craft Fair
"Outside Craft Fair in Garland, Texas. Lovely Handmade items, crafts, unique gifts and local art. Get your shopping done here! Located in the parking lot of Springcreek Church."

October 20, 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM

2660 Beltline Rd.
Garland, Texas 75044

click for event flyer.


"The Dallas Woman's Forum is hosting a Fall Boutique with a Girls Night Out Shopping Extravaganza on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6-9 pm. We continue our boutique on Saturday, October 20th from 10-4. Shop for all of the upcoming holidays. Vendors will have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor as well as one of a kind jewelry, clothing, pet items, children's clothing and much more. We are even having a bake sale!!"

October 19, 2018
6:00PM - 9:00PM
October 20, 2018
10:00AM - 4:00PM

The Alexander Mansion
4607 Ross Avenue,
Dallas Texas

Admission Fee: Friday night fee is $35.00 for Girls Night Out


"Professional crafters, lunch cafe, bake sale and coffee/dessert bar."

October 19, 2018
9:00AM - 5:00PM
October 20, 2018
9:00AM - 5:00PM

All Saints Catholic Church
5231 Meadowcreek Dr. at Arapaho
Dallas 75248

click for event flyer.


Timberview Celebrities 5th Annual Craft & Vendor Fair
"Over 40 Local Vendors, Free Entry, Free Performances & Activities"

October 20th, 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM

Mansfield Timberview HS Gym
7700 S. Watson Rd.
Arlington, TX 76002



The 5th Annual Create-A-Thon hosted by The Salvation Army, Arlington, TX
"Calling All….Quilters, Scrapbookers, Stitchers, Jewelry Makers, & Painters! Any one who enjoys making crafts. Bring your own supplies and projects & work on any project of your choice."

October 20, 2018
10:00AM - Midnight

The Salvation Army Youth Education Town
712 W. Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76013

Admission Fee: Crafter Admission Fee $50.00;
***The event isn't open to the public. Register here.***

Where will YOU be shopping or vending?

Know of an event we are missing? Email us at dfwcraftshows(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject "Weekend Event" and we will get it added ASAP!


DFW Craft Shows is a free service provided to help unite our arts & crafts community. Due to the sheer number of event submissions, DFW Craft Shows is unable to verify all event information and encourages shoppers to confirm information before attending.

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15th Annual Craft Sale

"This is our 15th year for our craft sale. We have a variety of items that are handmade that make wonderful birthday and/or Christmas gifts. We also have wonderful Christmas decorations and many more items for the home. Our event is well attended and we hope you will come and enjoy shopping with us."

November 3rd, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

St. John Cumberland Presbyterian Church
6007 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd.
Arlington, TX 76016
On the corner of W. Pleasant Ridge Rd. and Perkins Rd.

Vendor booths are full. 

For more information, contact their event coordinator at baharrell@tx.rr.com / 817-229-1796.

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DFW Craft Shows is a free service provided to help unite our arts & crafts community. Due to the sheer number of event submissions, DFW Craft Shows is unable to verify all event information and encourages vendors to confirm information for their potential shows.

Festival of Trees and Lights Craft Bazaar

"Get into the Holiday Spirit with this Family Friendly event that will include viewing over 40 Beautifully decorated Christmas Trees, visit with Santa, children's crafts, local entertainment and shopping the Holiday Bazaar. $5.00 entry fee supports RISE Adaptive Sports "

November 17th, 2018
9:00AM - 4:00PM

Hilton Garden Inn
785 TX-121
Lewisville, TX 75067

Admission Fee: $5.00 benefits RISE Adaptive Sports

Booth fees are as follows:
6' foot table space - $50
Double Space - $75
This fee includes tables and 2 chairs as well as electricity.

Applications are available here and are due by November 1st, 2018 (extended).

For more information, visit their website or contact their event coordinator at ckyer@riseadaptivesports.org / Carol 469-576-0871.

Help spread the word, tell them DFW Craft Shows sent ya!
Looking for your own Event Listing? You can submit show information online here.

DFW Craft Shows is a free service provided to help unite our arts & crafts community. Due to the sheer number of event submissions, DFW Craft Shows is unable to verify all event information and encourages vendors to confirm information for their potential shows.