The Teal Pumpkin Project and Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

The Teal Pumpkin Project and Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Help make Halloween not so scary for kids with allergies!

I love Halloween time and have been finding so many fun activities to take my kids to. (Especially ones to get a good wear out of their costumes.) A downside to attending events and parties is having a child with severe food allergies. I worry about what will be served or given out and if he’s going to notice that he is missing out on things. So I have been pleasantly surprised with the treats they have received at these events. There has been such a move in recent years to helping kids make healthier choices and you can see this so much in the treats that are being given out at events. So that is why I was so excited last year when I heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project.

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Images courtesy of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)

F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research & Education) has a great request going on for Halloween, it’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project. The project is fairly easy just paint a pumpkin teal and leave it out to let trick-or-treaters know that you are handing out non-food items. That’s it, a great simple request so that children with food allergies can have a not-so-scary Halloween.

Fun little family craft of painting our pumpkins teal and then adding some designs

Fun little family craft of painting our pumpkins teal and then adding some designs

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Our finished pumpkins

Our finished pumpkins

Non Food Treat Ideas

  • Glow Sticks, Bracelets, Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Pencils
  • Vampire teeth
  • Stickers
  • Bubbles
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Spider Rings

Allergy Friendly Halloween Treat Ideas

Allergy Friendly Treat Ideas

*Parents should still check all food items their child receives to make sure they are ok with their child’s allergies. I am a constant label reader and if I am not sure about an item I will give him something else, we never chance it. The food items I listed are just some items I have found safe for my son or look to be free of the 8 common allergens.*

Hope this helps everyone to have a safe and great Halloween!

Cruzin Mama

Disney Store Halloween Dress Rehearsal

Image courtesy of Disney

Image courtesy of Disney

It’s a Halloween Party at the Disney Store and you’re invited!

Today and tomorrow Disney Store’s are throwing a spooktacular event. Stop in your local store for crafts, games and more. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite character and to take party in a costume parade. Oh and attendees will also recieve a Halloween surprise. This event is open to children ages 3 and up and is limited to store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event and surprise is while supplies last.

October 16th
5:30pm – 7:00pm

October 17th
11:00am – 12:30pm

This may not be as big as attending Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland but this is a fun little alternative. So have a holwing good time!

Cruzin Mama

Halloween Time at Amusement Parks

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It’s Halloween Time at the Parks!

From Disneyland to Knotts and from Sea World to Legoland its Halloween Time at the Parks. There is Trick or Treating, special events, holiday decor and more! Each Amusement Park has their own unique take on this spooky fun season. So here is what is going on at many Southern California based Amusement Parks.

Disneyland

Disneyland transforms much of the park for each holiday season and Halloween time is no exception. There is holiday decor through out the park and limited time themed treats and merchandise. The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain also take on the Halloween fun. The Haunted Mansion has been taken over by Jack Skellington and his friends much like the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. While Space Mountain takes you on an out of this world ghostly experience. And on select nights you can party and trick-or-treat with Mickey and his Friends during Mickey’s Halloween Party. This is a separate ticketed event that encourages guests to come dressed up and trick-or-treat through out the park, check out ghoulishly fun live entertainment, see Mickey and his Friends dressed up in their costumes.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Enjoy family fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm on weekends all October. This is the complete opposite of Knott’s Scary Farm offering non-scary fun geared towards children ages 3 to 11 years. Trick or Treat throughout Ghost Town or join the costume contest and dance party in Camp Snoopy. Bug out with slimy, slithery, crawlerly creatures at the Creepy Crawler Cabin. Or check out the whole Gang in “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. All this spooky fun is included with general admission.

Legoland

Vampires, Witches and other ghouls have taken over the park! The park is decorated for the holiday and there are special trick-or-treat trails when you join the fun of Party Nights. On Friday and Saturday nights join in on a bricktastic Halloween party during Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat. Enjoy live entertainment, special treat stations, costume contests, dancing and more. The party has expanded this year to Heartlake City and Fun Town. There are still stations throughout SEA LIFE Aquarium as well as Wanda’s Jelly Fish Disco where you can jump and jive the night away. There are two ticket options; choose from All Day with Party Nights or Party Nights only (which is perfect for those looking for family fun on a budget). Brick-or-Treat is a great Halloween time event for the whole family.

Sea World

Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular is going on every weekend until November 1st. Kids can come dressed up and trick or treat throughout the park. Trick or treating starts at 11am on event days. Stop by the Mermaid’s Grotto to meet and take a picture with some enchanting Mermaids. Play in the new kinetic sand bar or join the fun at the dance party hosted by DJ Cotton Candy. Don’t forget to check out the two Halloween time shows; Clyde and Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash and Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo?. Best part of all is children are FREE to the park with a paid Adult admission all October!

Have a Spooktacular time at the Parks!

Cruzin Mama

Brick-or-Treat *Early Bird Savings Ending Soon!*

Legoland Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Last chance for Legoland Brick-or-Treat Early Bird savings!

Get your tickets with a savings of up to $50 off! This is a limited time offer as prices will increase on September 27th.

Brick-or-Treat is Legoland’s Halloween time celebration. Occurring on five nights this October, guests are able to trick-or-treat throughout the park and enjoy special shows and party the night away. The park is decorated for the occasion and there are fun characters to meet and take a great photo memory with. Party Nights will be October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 30th. Tickets start as low as $35 for just the Party Nights! Or there is a full day package option for $60, that means you can play all day in the park and party all night for a great savings price.

My family attended a Party Night last year and we had such a great time. You can check out my review here that also has some great tips to help your visit be a very brick-tastic one.

So hurry and catch this amazing deal now as it won’t last long!

Cruzin Mama

Pumpkin Trains – Riverside, San Diego and Orange County

Image courtesy of oerm.org

Image courtesy of oerm.org

Pumpkin season is almost here! And I can’t wait to share all the great fall events that come along with it. My little guy is a big fan of trains and after my recent post about Day Out with Thomas, I had to find some fun Pumpkin Trains that are pulling into the station this fall.

Riverside County

Orange Empire Railway Museum

The Pumpkin Train stops into the Orange Empire Railway Museum the weekends of October 17th and 24th.
Featuring trolley rides to the pumpkin patch. Pick out and decorate your pumpkins right there. Also climb aboard the Spooky Caboose, take part in the costume contest, or jump around in the bouncing houses. Trains and trolleys run from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are required for this event.

Dates
October 17th – October 18th
October 24th – October 25th

Tickets
Ages 12 years and up $18
Ages 5-11 years $14
Ages 2-4 years $7
Call to make your reservation 951-943-3020

Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 S. “A” St.
Perris, CA 92570
http://www.oerm.org

San Diego

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

The 11th Annual Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration is coming back to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum this October. Take an hour-long ride in decorated vintage rail cars through San Diego’s mountains. Keep an eye out for the Grim Reaper who may have stowed away aboard the train. Once at the pumpkin patch, pick out and decorate a pumpkin right there. Also explore two haunted trains and be on the look out for ghosts and ghouls roaming about. Trains depart from the depot at 10:00am, 12:15pm and 2:30pm on Pumpkin Express Celebration days. Advance registration is required and pumpkins are included with ticket purchase for each toddler and child.

Dates
October 10th – 11th
October 17th – 18th
October 24th – 25th
October 31st

Tickets
Toddlers $5
Children (6-12) $10
Adults $15
Seniors (65+) $12

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
750 Depot St.
Campo, CA 91906
http://www.psrm.org

Orange County

Irvine Park Railroad

The Irvine Regional Parks 10th Annual Pumpkin Patch fun kicks off this Saturday September 19th. Ride the parks mini train that is all decorated for the season. The pumpkin patch will be open daily until October 31st. Entrance to the pumpkin patch is free but tickets are required for all activities. There is a parking fee to enter Irvine Regional Park; Weekdays $3, Weekends $5 and Holidays $7. Irvine Park is home to the OC Zoo, bike and paddle boat rentals, walking trails and playgrounds. During the Pumpkin Patch the Park also offers pumpkin train rides, face painting, cookie decorating, hay rides, bounce houses, a haunted house, and much more.

Dates
Daily(as weather permits) 10am
September 19th – October 31st

Tickets
$5 each
$60 for 15 tickets (a $15 savings)
*Each activity averages 1 ticket a person*
Visit the Park’s coupon page for additional saving offers!

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com

Enjoy your ride on a pumpkin train!

Cruzin Mama

Brick-or-Treat *Limited Time Savings Offer!*

Legoland Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Are you planning on attending Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat this October? Well now is the time to get your tickets with a savings of up to $50 off! This is a limited time offer that ends on August 31st.

Brick-or-Treat is Legoland’s Halloween time celebration. Occurring on five nights this October, guests are able to trick-or-treat throughout the park and enjoy special shows and party the night away. The park is decorated for the occasion and there are fun characters to meet and take a great photo memory with. Party Nights will be October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 30th. Tickets start as low as $35 for just the Party Nights! Or there is a full day package option for $60, that means you can play all day in the park and party all night for a great savings price.

My family attending a Party Night last year and we had such a great time. You can check out my review here that also has some great tips to help your visit be a very brick-tastic one.

So hurry and catch this amazing deal now as it won’t last long!

Cruzin Mama

Mickey’s Halloween Party! *Tickets and Details*

Images courtesy of Disney Parks

Images courtesy of Disney Parks

Summer may still be going strong here in Southern California but it’s already time to start planning for the fall, namely Halloween! Halloween has always been a favorite of mine and now I have two kiddos who love it just as much. My youngest wears his costumes a lot throughout the year so buying one of good quality like those carried in the Disney Store are great for such wear and play. One of the Halloween time activites where costumes come in handy are theme park Halloween parties like Brick-or-Treat or Mickey’s Halloween Party. Many theme parks transform for the holidays and Disneyland is no exception. Along with the Diamond Celebration, Disneyland’s Mickey’s Halloween Party is a can’t miss event!

Mickey's Halloween Party Details and Tickets

Disneyland Halloween Time

Starting September 11th Disneyland is transformed for Halloween time with festive holiday decor and treats. The Diamond Celebration will still continue during this time with a new “Paint the Night” parade and on select nights the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show will get an haunting treatment as the “Halloween Screams” firework show. Attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain will take on the ghoulish theme and Mickey and his friends will be out and about in the park in their Halloween Costumes (all of this is apart of regular ticket admission). Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event that is only on select nights. Halloween Party Nights is a chance to trick-or-treat throughout the park and party with Mickey and his costumed friends. The party kicks off September 25th and this year it’s going to bigger than ever as it has expanded to 17 nights of spooky fun.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

Tickets

You can save on tickets by purchasing them early. They are available now! Nights can and do sell out so don’t wait too long. Click here to get your tickets now and to also see costume guidelines. *Children under 3 do not require a ticket.*

  • September dates and weekdays in October start at $69
  • October dates start at $77
  • Final Nights start at $84

Party Nights Schedule

  • September
    Friday 25th, Monday 28th, and Wednesday 30th
  • October
    Friday 2nd, Monday 5th, Wednesday 7th, Friday 9th, Monday 12th, Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th, Monday 19th, Thrusday 22nd, Friday 23rd, Sunday 25th, Tuesday 27th, Thrusday 29th, and Saturday 31st.

Plan your visit now for a spooktacular time!

Cruzin Mama

Where to go Trick-or-Treating

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Halloween is here! Now that a lot of the events and activities have already passed, it’s time to figure out where to take the kids trick-or-treating. For some this is simple by just going through their neighborhood or just to select neighbors houses. For others like myself this isn’t something that we have available. So then the question is “where should I take my kids trick-or-treating at?”. Here are some great options I have found and I hope that they are helpful to anyone still determining where to take their kiddos tomorrow night.

Trick-or-Treating locations

  • The Mall – why not stop by your local Mall. Many shops hand out candy, stickers and sometimes even coupons. This is usually a treat put on by the stores and not an actual Mall event. Stores will usually have a sign indicating if they are giving out treats.
  • Shopping Centers – similar to what stores at your local mall will do. Again this is usually put on by the stores themselves and they will have some sort of indication of whether treats are being giving out or not.
  • Trunk-or-Treats – check with your local churches, most with youth programs tend to hold events such as Trunk-or-Treats. This is where a designated parking lot will feature car trunks decorated and volunteers handing out treats. I especially enjoy taking my kids to these since it’s safe and easy. It’s really cool to see how creative people get with decorating their trunks.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treating is all about having a great time out. But it is still important to be safe and cautious. Like teaching your kids to not eat any treats until you have fully inspected them. This is extremely crucial for parents of children with food allergies. I recently read an article to fully read labels even if you have already given such treats to your child in the past. Some candy items even if the same flavor can have different ingredients in different sizes options. So always read the labels or verify on the items company’s website. Click here for some ideas for non-food or allergy safe treats.

  • Bring a Flash Light
  • Have your child wear a reflective strip or a glow item (i.e. bracelet, necklace, stick)
  • Always have at least one parent present and make sure kids stay together with their group
  • Don’t go to houses where all the lights are out
  • Stay on the sidewalks
  • Make sure children know to wait until an adult checks their candy before eating any

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Cruzin Mama

 

The Great Pumpkin (Patches)

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One of my favorite things to do in October is to visit pumpkin patches. If I could I would take my kids every weekend to a different patch just to check out all the pumpkins and fun. My favorite thing to do at a pumpkin patch is take family photos. The scenery is just so perfect for fall pictures and usually the weather isn’t too bad that we can wear nice clothes without being all sweaty. I like to get our pumpkins pretty close to Halloween so that they still look good on Halloween. Since it has been so hot lately we have only visited one patch this year, I was hoping the weather would be cooler and I would of done this post a lot earlier in the month. So I decided to find some awesome pumpkin patches to share and hope they help in planning your next pumpkin patch trip.

Riverside County

Image from wickerdfarm.com

Image from wickerdfarm.com

Wickerd Farm

Wickerd Farm is a small but great little pumpkin patch located in Menifee. Normally this is a Christmas Tree Farm but during October it is full of pumpkins and Halloween fun. I used to live right down the street from this farm when I was much younger. I have nothing but find memories of going here. On Sundays the Farm hosts a Farmers Market and when the sun goes down the haunted hayrides begin.

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Big Horse Feed

Big Horse Feed in Temecula is a fairly well known pumpkin patch due in part to its large Corn Maze. There is also hay wagon rides and one of the largest pillow jumpers in Southern California. And of course they have a large selection of pumpkins.

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Peltzer Farms

This is my absolute favorite pumpkin patch! We go to Peltzer Farms every year to take family photos and just have an a great time at this smaller but fun pumpkin patch.

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Even though Peltzer is a smaller farm it is packed full of activities. There is gold/gem mining, pig races, petting zoo, photo ops, pony rides, train ride and a corn maze.
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The kids loved leading us through the corn maze.

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Maybe our future wedding venue, just maybe ;)

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I always end up with such memorable photos when we visit Peltzer.

San Diego County

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Bates Nut Farm

What would a pumpkin patch list be without mentioning Bates Nut Farm. The most popular and well known pumpkin patch in North County. Bates has a great selection of pumpkins along with a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, a maze, bounce houses, vendors and more. Bates main feature is it’s stop with speciality treats and souvenirs.

Orange County

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Regional Park is a great hidden gem located in the hills of Irvine of Orange County. The very large park features walking trails, play grounds, pony rides, horseback trail rides, bike rentals, paddle boat rentals, nature center and the OC Zoo. One of the main attractions of the park is it’s Railroad and during the month of October this also serves as a pumpkin patch. The Railroad Pumpkin Patch is a great reason to visit this amazing park. The Pumpkin Patch also features carnival games, hay rides, Hohn Deere tractor races, face painting, bounce houses, gold mining, hay maze, cookie decorating and much much more!

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Tanka Farms

Everyone I know who lives out in Orange County loves to visit Tanka Farms to get their pumpkins for Halloween. With the traditional pumpkin farm setting who wouldn’t love to visit here. The Farm also features a wagon ride that goes around the entire 30 acre farm, photo ops, corn maze and petting zoo.

Los Angeles County

Image from underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Image from underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Underwood Family Farms

This has to be the most famous pumpkin patch on this list. It is frequented by many visitors during it’s pumpkin patch time including celebrities. Underwood Family Farms is located in Moorpark. It features some great photo ops, pig races, games, tractor slides, tractors and much more! Hey you might even bump into some famous faces while there.

*All the pumpkin patches listed are open daily until October 31st. A visit during the week will usually mean less crowds and also many patches have discounted prices for their attractions on weekdays.*

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Have a great time visiting some great pumpkin patches!

Cruzin Mama

Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Putting up my online teal pumpkin (image from foodallergy.org)

Putting up my online teal pumpkin (image from foodallergy.org)

Help make Halloween not so scary for kids with allergies!

I love Halloween time and have been finding so much fun activities to take my kids to. Especially ones to get a good wear out of their costumes. A downside to attending events and parties is having a child with severe food allergies, I worry about what will be served or given out and if he’s going to notice that he is missing out on things. So I have been so pleasantly surprised with the treats they have received at these events. There has been such a move in recent years to helping kids make healthier choices and you can see this so much in the treats that are being given out at events. I was so excited on our recent trip to Brick-or-Treat at Legoland to see healthy snacks and non-food items that were given out at the treat stations. My son was able to have his very first juice box there! We also attended a little Halloween Party at our local Disney Store and the treat bags they gave out contained “Apple Chippies!”(dried Apple slices), as my son likes to call them. Finally seeing items in his treat bags that he can enjoy is so awesome.

My little guy enjoying his first juice at Brick-or-Treat

My little guy enjoying his first juice at Brick-or-Treat

F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research & Education) has a great request going on for Halloween, it’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project. The project is fairly easy just paint a pumpkin teal and leave it out to let trick-or-treaters know that you are handing out non-food items. That’s it, a great simple request so that children with food allergies can have a not-so-scary Halloween.

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Non Food Treat Ideas

  • Glow Sticks, Bracelets, Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Pencils
  • Vampire teeth
  • Stickers
  • Bubbles
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Spider Rings

Allergy Friendly Treat Ideas

*Parents should still check all food items their child receives to make sure they are ok with their child’s allergies. I am a constant label reader and if I am not sure about an item I will give him something else, we never chance it. The food items I listed are just some items I have found safe for my son or look to be free of the 8 common allergens.*

Hope this helps everyone to have a safe and great Halloween!

Cruzin Mama