Whether you partake in the activity or not, it won’t be long now before the kids will be grabbing their buckets or bags (Or pillow cases) and running out to go door to door looking for sweet treats and fun scares. It’s nearly Halloween and that means if you don’t want to be a dark spot on your street it’s time to have a supply of candy on hand. But there are a couple of things the people handing out candy might want to be aware of this year.
Firstly, is that there is a type of pumpkin bucket to keep an eye out for. This year you may see a few trick or treaters walking around with Teal pumpkins collecting treats; these pumpkins are there to let you know that this little one might have a food allergy. It’s a program called the Teal Pumpkin Project by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) with the intention of raising awareness of food allergies through the addition of non-food trinkets and toys to your treats, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick or treaters. So, while there are some online lists of Candy that are more friendly to kids with allergies, it is nice to have some non-food treats that you could offer kids with teal pumpkins or teal glowing bracelets. Also; let them know you’re looking out for them by placing a glowing teal pumpkin outside your home!
Secondly, there was an online campaign that went viral encouraging parents of children with autism to purchase blue pumpkin buckets, with the idea being that you don’t wait or ask them to say “trick or treat” before giving them some candy. But, that quickly ran into a bit of controversy; partly because Autism Canada came out saying that singling out children with autism is not helpful, and also because in the dark a blue bucket can easily be mistaken for a teal bucket, and taking any understanding away from the importance of the first colour could be dangerous to those children. So you are encouraged NOT to pick up a blue pumpkin bucket.
And Finally, the Toronto Zoo has been running a campaign to support sustainable candy this year. Their concern is the production of palm oil, and that unsustainable efforts are damaging the environment and the habitat of animals around the world. “We have orangutans here, we have tigers, we have rhinos — these are all affected by a lot of this destruction of the rainforest in Indonesia, and a lot of this destruction has been for palm oil plantations,” Kelly Bentley, supervisor of volunteering and engagement at the Toronto Zoo, told the CBC.
According to the NY Times, Indonesian officials said more than 80 per cent of the devastating wildfires raging through its rainforests in September were intentionally set to make room for palm plantations.
So the Zoo has turned to their Social Media platforms to engage their followers in an effort to buy more sustainable candy this Halloween!
Shop smart this Halloween with sustainable palm-oil candy options! 🎃 You can make a difference by following this guide…
From the Toronto Zoo on Facebook.
So if you are someone who is concerned about the environment, or animal habitat, or just likes the Toronto Zoo, then you might want to check out their list of Candy to add to your bowl this year. For more information on sustainable palm oil, check out the RSPO website.