Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bee-worthy Share: Trick-or-Treat

I know you all have been in the stores and seen that Halloween decor and festivities are top of mind for most with aisles full of candy, costumes, decorations, and lots of trick-or-treating supplies.

 What about those children who cannot partake in the traditional Halloween fun, food, and game?

Our friends at the CLU Campaign, who work to search out inCLUsion events for ALL kids, have the perfect solution and it is so simple to participate in! From their website, here are the details:

Trick-or-Treat Project
38 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes, and 53 seconds left until Halloween!
We are committed to providing a healthy, inclusive approach to Trick-or-Treating.

Kids love candy. However, for many kids candy is simply not an option. Between childhood obesity, juvenile diabetes, food allergies, and other special needs, the population of children excluded from Halloween traditions grows each year.Help make Halloween fun for ALL kids!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3
1. Add some non-food treats
2. Print out a decal
3. Share Halloween fun with ALL kids

We’re not suggesting you ditch candy all together, just please ADD some non-food treats to your Halloween offerings so kids who can’t eat candy have fun options too!

There are many non-candy treats available, and you may be surprised to learn that many of these treat-alternatives cost about the same as candy.

How it Works:
Download, and print out the large image. Or, if you are in the Austin, Texas area, you can stop by your local Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to pick up a copy – while supplies last.
On Halloween display this image on your door, window, anywhere visible from the street/sidewalk. This will let Trick-or-Treaters know that non-perishable treats are available at your home. You may also register your address (we do not require any personal information) as a CLU home. Trick-or-Treaters can view the CLU Map to see participating homes nearby.

If you would like your child to participate, download the small image (the small image is formatted to work with Avery 5164 stickers and is also available at Austin area Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf). It will print 6 per page. Cut out, then pin the small image to your child’s costume. When participating homes see your child wearing the image they will know to provide a non-perishable treat as opposed to candy or other edible treats.

Maybe you would like to participate, but you don’t know how. No worries, below we provide some alternate treat ideas as well as locations where these treats are available.

Help us spread the word. Like us on Facebook. Link to us on Facebook. Download and share our flyer. You can print out a flyer and post it by your neighborhood mailboxes, on your office bulletin board, on your church bulletin board, at your child’s daycare or school or email it to your friends and family. Anyway you can help us spread the word is greatly appreciated.

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