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It’s that time, at last, everybody!
Here’s our pumpkin display for this year. I try to add a new fake pumpkin each year, and I also carve a real one..or two, as sometimes the first one I carve doesn’t last.
This year I decided to be a part of The Teal Pumpkin Project. The Food Allergy Research Project, or FARE, estimates that 1 in 13 children have food allergies, which means they go trick-or-treating, and almost every house is offering candy, and the kids get home and can’t enjoy their bounty.
That royally stinks.
A Tennessean mom named Becky Basalone once thought that really stunk, too. So, what if Halloween could be made a little more fun for kids with food allergies?
Eventually her idea took root like a pumpkin vine and grew to become the Teal Pumpkin Project, a nationwide effort to encourage folks to offer up some non-candy or food treats on halloween night. Participating is easy: Place a teal-colored pumpkin or a sign on your door(or in the yard) and offer trick-or-treaters stickers, glow sticks, rings, pencils and pens, small toys, etc., as well as candy for the kids who can have it if desired.
First promoting the idea nationwide in 2014, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a non-profit advocacy group, runs a very informative website that includes an interactive map showing teal pumpkin house locations.
FARE even has its own licensed Teal Pumpkin Project products such as foam pumpkins and painting kits at partner retailers— CVS, Michael’s, Party City and Oriental Trading Company. For its research, education and advocacy programs, FARE receives a portion of the sales.
Want to participate? Here’s how:
• Paint or buy a teal pumpkin and put it where trick-or-treaters can see it. Or just put out a sign (free downloadable versions are at FARE’s website).
• Get some non-food treats. Suggestions from FARE include: glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces; whistles, kazoos and noisemakers; bubbles; vampire fangs; playing cards and bookmarks.
• If you choose to give out candy, too, put it in a separate bowl. Offer both options to all trick-or-treaters — and do not be surprised if children with no food restrictions take some of the non-food items, previous participants say.
This may well be the best dangblasted Hallowe’en I’ve ever had. Why, do you ask? I’ll elucidate:
I spent this day:
Being clawed by Freddy,
Being choked by Jason,
And laughing my head off at Robert Englund scratching (or picking??) his nose with MiniFreddy’s claws.
Yes, it has been a marvelous Hallowe’en,everyone. I will report more on these events after I’ve come down from my starstruck/sugar high.
I was commissioned by a high school’s theater department to make several puppets for an upcoming production; I’ve worked with them before so I jumped at the chance. One of the puppets is an aging, sad-eyed dog, life size, mixed breed,brown with white patches. Her eyelids are still pinned on here, but I think she is looking pretty good.:)
She is indeed life size and is a bit hard to wrangle around to work on. But who could resist that sweet face?
Misty is one of my most favorite puppet characters to perform and a delight to draw. Saturday night, The Tomato Gang and I were sitting in Joanne and Jason’s living room watching Back to the Future. I had my Halloween 2015 Sketchbook on me and since I can’t sit still anymore without drawing, I was scribbling away as I enjoyed the movie. The end result should make for a few entertaining posts.
Misty has a button now that I am hoping to sell at A Tour of Southern Ghosts this year. Wish me luck!
Don’t show the kidlets–
I had to do some major repairs on one of my beloved monster puppets. Actually it was a head transplant.
The puppet on the left, Zak, is about 30 years old and needed a new head. It is made from bare foam and is rotting away. Storch, on the right, was pretty much a re-imagining of Zak. So, I thought, that was the head I would give Zak.
An hour later, Zak has a fresh new head.
The headless puppet that was Storch is being repurposed into another character, fear not!