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Have a happy, healthy Halloween this year

Friday, Oct. 24 | By Hannah Dellinger
Halloween is a time for pumpkins, costumes and letting young children binge on plenty of sugary sweets.
While trick-or-treating for candy is a seasonal rite of passage for many children, there are plenty of festive, healthy snacks that parents can offer. Fauquier Friday put together a list of healthy and cute Halloween treats that children will love.

Mummy toast

Toast some whole wheat bread and spread organic tomato sauce on top. Take thin strips of white American chees and layer over the bread creatively to look like wrapping on a mummy. Use two slices of black olives as eyes, and the mummy toast is ready to go.

Witch broomsticks

Get 12 slices of cheese, 12 pretzel sticks and 12 fresh chives. Fold each cheese slice and cut the fringes of the broom with scissors. Roll the slice of cheese around a pretzel stick with the fringes pointing down. Use a chive to tie the cheese to the broomstick and knot snugly.

Banana ghosts

Get a few bananas and cut them in half. Use a little peanut butter to stick chocolate chips to create eyes and a mouth. Pair with pealed clementine oranges with a small piece of celery in the center, made to look like tiny, edible pumpkins.

Fruit spider

Poke four holes on each side of a plum with a knife. Take eight pretzel sticks and push them into the holes. Poke holes in a handful of raisins or purple grapes and slide them onto the pretzel sticks, leaving a little bit of pretzel showing on the ends. Make some edible eyes with a little bit of cream cheese.

Teal pumpkins signal treats for the allergy-conscious

This year you may notice some curious teal pumpkins out on porches as you trick-or-treat.

This Halloween the teal pumpkin will become the national sign that non-food treats are offered at a home. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization has created the Teal Pumpkin Project as a way to make Halloween safer for children with food allergies.

The FARE suggests that those participating in the project have small toys, stickers and crayons to offer as an alternative to candy.

The Teal Pumpkin Project has taken off on social media. Within 72 hours of FARE’s first post about the project, it reached 2.7 million people and other posts have been shared a combined 31,000 times.

People are already posting pictures of their children painting pumpkins teal on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag “#tealpumpkinproject.

This new project will not only be beneficial for children with allergies, but also for children who have problems like diabetes and celiac disease.

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