Trick or Treat


Decorate your house for TETNA’s Halloween contest

Think your house will be the spookiest this Halloween? Then sign up to participate in Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association’s inaugural house decorating contest.

Register your house with this form by Friday, Oct. 26. All registered homes of TETNA members will be eligible to win and highlighted on the decorated homes map available online. To become a member or renew your membership, visit tosaeasttowne.org/join.

Secret judges will be out from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday, Oct. 27, during TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat. Creativity is a plus. Judges also will take into account overall scariness, though your decoration concept need not be scary to win. Selection criteria ultimately will be up to the judges.

House decoration winners will be announced and prizes distributed on Sunday, Oct. 28.


TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat is Saturday, Oct. 27

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TETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back and better than ever! Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 27.

Every year, TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. This year we are continuing to open the TETNA Trick or Treat event to all neighborhood blocks! So, get your costumes and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

The Trick or Treat event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and for TETNA registered members. The trick-or-treating is for children ages 14 and younger. The whole family is welcome to join the fun, and each group of children should be accompanied by at least one adult. You must register to be an official event participant – whether your little goblins will be trick-or-treating or you will be handing out candy (or both).

Want to trick-or-treat?

Come to the registration and sign up! The first 500 people to drop off their candy at registration will be given a reusable trick or treat bag (maximum of 5 per registered household). All participants will get a glow stick for each trick-or-treater. The cost to participate is a 100-piece bag of candy per child. The candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed. Due to safety concerns, we cannot accept opened bags of candy.

If you also are handing out candy and want to keep the kind you bought, just let us know at in-person registration, or you can just sign up online. (If you still need to renew or join TETNA, visit our membership page).

Want to hand out candy?

Come to registration and sign up! You will get a sign to put in your window to identify your house as a TETNA participant and some candy to get you started.

Note that this is a very popular event and we’re not able to provide all the candy that you might need to accommodate all the trick-or-treaters.

You can either purchase more candy on your own or turn out your light when the candy runs out. Note: if you don’t plan to accept candy from TETNA, you can sign up online and print your Trick or Treat sign.

Teal Pumpkin Project

Don’t forget about the Teal Pumpkin Project too. Teal is the color for food allergy awareness, and trick-or-treat events present significant risks to those children who have been diagnosed with food allergies. The homes decorated with these brightly colored pumpkins indicate participation and support for the Teal Pumpkin Project. Signs will also be available for pick up at registration.

New this Year

In addition to trick-or-treat, TETNA will be holding a house decorating contest. Register your house with this form by Friday, Oct. 26. All registered homes will be eligible to win, and highlighted on the decorated homes map available online. Secret judges will be out from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday night. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed Sunday, Oct. 28.

Not a TETNA member yet?

Become a member and register for the event at the same time! Our membership year runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Register and pay online, or bring your dues and this membership registration form and Trick or Treat registration form. We will have extra forms if you forget. But make sure to bring your bags of candy for all your trick-or-treaters!

When and where to register

Center Street Park Pavilion, 6420 W. Clarke St.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30-10 a.m.

Volunteers

As always, we are looking for volunteers to help make this event successful. If you are interested in helping with registration or in another capacity, visit signup.com/go/BuSfXuY or email peytonfam@att.net.

Tosa Tushie Drive

The Second Annual Tosa Tushie Drive will be held in conjunction with TETNA Trick or Treat registration. Neighbors registering as trick-or-treaters or as treat-givers are encouraged to bring a package of diapers and/or wipes to any of the Trick or Treat in-person registration times. Additionally, diaper/wipe donations can be dropped off at Tosa Pediatrics during their regular hours Oct. 10 to 26. All diaper/wipe donations will be given to a local shelter to help families with small children.


TETNA scares up new tricks and treats for nighttime Halloween event

TETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back, this year with a new costume contest and special goodies for participating children, sponsored by Hue Vietnamese, Mathnasium and Philleo Agency Insurance.

Renew your TETNA membership now, and mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 28. This year’s event will begin with a kickoff party at center street park at 6 p.m. Let your children show off their costumes in the costume contest/parade. Children will be broken into 2 groups based on their ages (0-6 and 7-14), with prizes awarded in each age group!

Nighttime trick or treat will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Every year, TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. This year we are continuing our new tradition of opening the TETNA Trick or Treat event to all neighborhood blocks! So get your costumes, candy buckets and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

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The Trick or Treat event is for TETNA members and coincides with membership renewal, so even if you are not participating in Trick or Treat it is still time to renew.

Want to trick-or-treat?

Come to the registration and sign up! New this year, the first 500 kids to drop off their candy at registration will be given a reusable trick or treat bag and activity book. All participants will get a glow stick and a map with event info.

The cost to participate is a 100-piece bag of candy per child. The candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed. Due to safety concerns, we cannot accept opened bags of candy.

If you also are handing out candy and want to keep the kind you bought, just let us know at in-person registration, or you can just sign up online. (If you still need to renew or join TETNA, you will need to complete registration first).

When and where to register

Center Street Park Pavilion

Register for Trick or Treat Now!
(If you are getting a message indicating “This is a private event..” remember to (1) login to memberplanet with the email you used to sign up for TETNA membership and (2) that you renew your membership)

Want to hand out candy?

Come to registration and sign up! You will get a TETNA Trick or Treat sign to put in your window to identify your house as a TETNA participant and some candy to get you started.

Note that this is a very popular event and we’re not able to provide all the candy that you might need to accommodate all the trick-or-treaters.

You can either purchase more candy on your own or turn out your light when the candy runs out. Note: if you don’t plan to accept candy from TETNA, you can sign up online and print your Trick or Treat sign at home.

Don’t forget about the teal pumpkin project too. Homes decorated with these brightly colored pumpkins indicate treats suitable for children who have been diagnosed with food allergies.

Not a TETNA member yet?

Become a member and register for the event at the same time! Our membership year runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Register and pay online, or bring your dues, forms and candy to registration.

Volunteer

As always, we are looking for volunteers to help make this event successful. If you are interested in helping, visit signup.com/go/yJkyWKh.


Have you heard?! Teal is the new orange!

Teal Pumpkin Project

Guest Post – Heidi Hemling

Summer has suddenly turned to fall and that means children are getting anxious for the coming Halloween festivities. I see many families decorating their homes with creative haunted houses, spooky lights, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They fill our neighborhood with color and excitement. However, if you take a closer look the next time you are strolling through the neighborhood you will notice that some families are electing to decorate their doorsteps with teal pumpkins.

Why teal, you ask? Because teal is the color for food allergy awareness and trick-or-treat events present significant risks to those children who have been diagnosed with food allergies. The homes decorated with these brightly colored pumpkins indicate participation and support for The Teal Pumpkin Project. This movement was started in 2014 by a Tennessee mom and has now been embraced by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).

According to FARE, “1 in 13 children is affected by food allergies and the strongest reactions are usually triggered by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat or shellfish” Even more startling, FARE estimates that approximately “every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.”

It’s easy to join the movement and it does not mean you cannot also hand out candy or other food treats if you enjoy doing so. Participating simply means you are offering a non-food treat option that allows for children with life-threatening food allergies to participate in the fun and tradition of trick-or-treating. If you and your families or children would like to become more involved, there are many ways to join the Teal Pumpkin Project:

  • Attend TETNA trick-or-treat registration and grab your very own Teal Pumpkin Project flyer to indicate you have non-food treats available
  • Purchase some inexpensive toys such as glow sticks, bubbles, or pencils to hand out as non-food items
  • Paint a pumpkin a brilliant shade of teal to place in front of your home
  • Visit the Teal Pumpkin Project’s downloads page for access to free materials such as yard signs and stickers to show your support
  • Add your street to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map to let others in the neighborhood know that you are offering non-food treats
  • Share tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook posts with the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject to help spread the word

Let’s come together as a neighborhood to make sure all children are included and can have a happy, healthy, and safe trick-or-treat this year!


Annual neighborhood Trick or Treat is Oct. 29

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TETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back! Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 29, and plan to attend this spooktacular event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Every year, TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. This year we are continuing our new tradition of opening the TETNA Trick or Treat event to all neighborhood blocks! So get your costumes, candy buckets and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

The Trick or Treat event is for TETNA members, and the trick-or-treating is for children ages 14 and younger. The whole family is welcome to join the fun, and each group of children should be accompanied by at least one adult. You must register to participate in the event – whether your little goblins will be trick-or-treating or you will be handing out candy (or both!).
Facebook event

Want to trick-or-treat?

Come to the registration and sign up! You will get a glow stick for each trick-or-treater and a map with event info. The cost to participate is a 100-piece bag of candy per child. The candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed. Due to safety concerns, we cannot accept opened bags of candy.

If you also are handing out candy and want to keep the kind you bought, just let us know at in-person registration, or you can just sign up online. (If you still need to renew or join TETNA, you will have to that first, but you can sign up online).

Want to hand out candy?

Come to registration and sign up! You will get a TETNA Trick or Treat sign to put in your window to identify your house as a TETNA participant and some candy to get you started.
Note that this is a very popular event and we’re not able to provide all of the candy that you might need to accommodate all the trick-or-treaters.

You can either purchase more candy on your own or turn out your light when the candy runs out. Note: if you don’t plan to accept candy from TETNA, you can sign up online and print your Trick or Treat sign at home.

Not a TETNA member yet?

Become a member and register for the event at the same time! Our membership year runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Register and pay online; or bring your dues, a Membership Registration form, and a Trick or Treat registration form. We will have extra forms if you forget. But make sure to bring your bags of candy for all your trick-or-treaters!

When and where to register

Center Street Park Pavilion, 6420 W. Clarke St.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30-10 a.m.

Volunteers

As always, we are looking for volunteers to help make this event successful. Volunteering also provides you the opportunity to meet others in the neighborhood. If you are interested in helping with registration or in another capacity, please visit our SignUp.com page or contact the event chair Erica Storm at erica [dot] storm [at] zywave [dot] com.

We will be looking for a new co-chair for next year too, so let us know if you are interested. TETNA looks forward to another successful event!