8 Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

The Teal Pumpkin Project is becoming more and more important these days as children are facing life-threatening food allergies. The most common of the food allergies is nut-allergies; but don't forget about wheat, soy, and gluten allergies. For families who don't have children with food allergies, we may not think about our Halloween candy choices. I know that I'm a sucker for my Reece's cups but I'll be leaving those inside my house this year and not handing them out to the kids. If you still want to offer up sweet treats or snacks for the kids here are a few options that are food allergy friendly. Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks - My kids reach for these more than they reach for candy. I'll be the first to admit that they are pretty tasty and satisfy my sweet tooth. Yum Earth - Yum Earth makes sour beans, lollipops, and gummy bears that are from natural real fruit juice. I'm a fan of their sour beans and they come in small individual serving sizes perfect for ... [ Read More ]

My 6 yr old thinks she’s a Vampire


Rewind to August at meet the teacher night.... Her teacher asked her what she liked and my daughter said, "Vampires!" It's been over two months now and my six year old still tells her friends that she's a vampire. She told me today that her teacher said, "Oh Bailey, my little Vampire," and that one of her friends thinks she's actually a vampire. I purchased her Halloween costume on clearance late last year, a beautiful Princess Sophia costume.  Guess what she's going to be for Halloween? A Vampire!! Anyone want to buy a Sophia costume? This past weekend a friend asked us to go to a corn maze. My daughter replied that she'd only go if there was blood and Vampires in the corn maze. How far do you let your child's imagination go? Do you encourage their imagination or do you steer them to the more "appropriate" behaviors?? I've never been one for censoring my child, but should we encourage their dark minds? I would be able to handle this better if she were older, after ... [ Read More ]

Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular #seaworldspooktacular

Sea World Dolphin Show

This past weekend our family was invited to Sea World's Halloween Spooktacular (thank you Sea World) for their kick off weekend.  We packed up the family and drove 1.5 hrs over to Orlando and enjoyed a spooktacular day at Sea World.  This was our first time visiting Sea World in over 5 years and my little one's first trip ever!!  We didn't get to see everything so I'm planning a follow up trip again later this fall. SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 - 8 p.m. during weekends in October (5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27) and is included with park admission. During this splashy daytime event, children and adults alike will be immersed in an underwater "fantasea" filled with trick-or-treating, dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish, arts and crafts and more. There's no better place to dive into an ocean of Halloween fun! If you'd like to read more about our trip click on over to my post on the Tampa Bay Moms Blog; Sea World Halloween Spooktacular review.  You can also ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Friendly Halloween Tips

THinc Challenge

Have you joined the Switch "BOO" to NEW Challenge by THinc. Skin yet?  THinc Skin (home of Balm Baby) is once again asking you to switch out 2 plastic items that you use for Halloween (Boo) for a more eco-friendly options. Tips for making your Halloween more eco-friendly: Instead of the disposable trick-or-treat bags opt for a reusable container (preferably one that isn't made of cheap plastic).  My parents always gave us a pillow case to decorate for Halloween.  Not only was it a little more eco-friendly it held a LOT more candy! Say no to cheap Halloween costumes.  Many of the Halloween costumes that you find are so poorly made that they rip or tear after the first time your kids put them on.  Be sure to check your local thrift stores for second hand costumes or get crafty and make your kids costumes. Ditch the disposable decorations.  When shopping for decorations choose the ones that will last for years to come and not those "disposable" items that will end up in the ... [ Read More ]

Trash to Treasure Halloween Wreath – Inspired by Pinterest

fabric scraps

A few weeks ago I shared with you a pin-spiration project that was found while searching Pinterest for hours on end.  A few days later the boy and I made a trip to our local craft store to pick up the wire form needed to complete the project.  I ended up with 2 large wire wreath forms and 2 small forms.  We experimented with the small form first, here is our progress: Trash to Treasure Halloween Wreath Tutorial (with pictures): First start with a pile of fabric and/or t-shirt scraps and select the color scheme for your wreath.  Since this is a Halloween theme we went with oranges, purples, blacks, greens, yellow, and a few old Halloween scraps. The tools we used for the project were very simple - a wire wreath form, a pair of scissors, and fabric.  We didn't use anything else for our project and it was very kid friendly. Cut your fabric into strips about 1" in width.  The length of the strips depends on the size of your form.  Using a small form our strips were ... [ Read More ]

Hide and Seek with The Eco Chic

I'm all sorts of geeky today - I decided to start posting information on a few other community blogs to gain some additional exposure and hopefully reach some mom's that don't regularly visit us over here at The Eco Chic.  Today I found myself on BlogHer.com where I wrote more about My Extended Breastfeeding Journey.  Go visit me on BlogHer and leave a comment if you want to share your story with me.  Then last Friday I got an email from the producers of Mom Talk Radio asking if I was available to fill in for a cancellation they had with Maria Bailey during the weekly Mom's Roundtable discussion.  I was intrigued so I said YES!  After rushing Lil' B off to the pediatricians office early that morning (turned out she got stung and never told me - swelled up all nasty like!) I returned and talked with Maria and MaryBeth Whalen about Halloween.  I know it's not a very eco-conversation but I did talk about composting Halloween candy at the very end of our segment.  The entire podcast ... [ Read More ]

Goodbye Halloween

Now that Halloween is over you may be wondering what to do with your Halloween stuff.  Some things are easy...you eat the candy!  LOL!  DECORATIONS:  We reuse our decorations year after year so that's any easy thing to do.  We have a nice orange bin in the garage that houses all the decorations until it's time to use them again.  If you don't want to do that you can always donate them.  We have a Salvation Army truck at our local Wal-Mart and he takes EVERYTHING we don't need.   COSTUMES:  There are many reuses for those cute costumes.  1) Let your kid wear them again and again until they no longer fit.  We have a dress up box where we store a few key items and he loves to dress up like his favorite hero's (Superman, Batman, Capt. Jack...ect).  2) Donate them to your kids school.  Kids really love to dress up.  Most day cares have a dress up area and will gladly take your gently used costumes.  3) Donate them to libraries or Goodwill.  Our library has a borrow a costume section ... [ Read More ]