Trick or Treat


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!).
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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!


Trick or Treat 2016 – SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, October 29, 2015
6:30 to 8:30PM
*ENTIRE* East Towne Neighborhood

TETNA Trick or Treat

Mark your calendars, this year’s nighttime TETNA Trick or Treat event will be held on October 29th! After last year’s success, we will keep the event open to the ENTIRE neighborhood!

Look out for full details and registration info on the website soon as well as the October Newsletter!

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Oh What Fun! Trick or Treat 2015 Follow Up

This was our first year expanding Trick or Treat to all of the TETNA blocks. As with every year, some blocks get a more visitors than other blocks, but we expect to build from this year as participants continue to adjust to the new patterns. Luckily the rain ended in time and the fire pits were out in full force.

It sure looks like everyone had lots of fun! Below is a collection of photos highlighting the great night:

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS! If you have any great photos you would like to share, shoot us an email with a link and we will add them.

 


Trick or Treat 2015 – Bigger than ever!

Saturday, October 31, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rain or Shine

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Trick or Treat 2015 to be held on Halloween night

TETNA Trick or TreatTETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars for the evening of Oct. 31 and plan to attend this spooktacular event from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Every year TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. In the past, the trick or treat blocks have been limited to certain areas. This year we are going all out and opening the TETNA Trick or Treat event to the ENTIRE neighborhood! So get your costumes, candy buckets, and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

TETNA Halloween DecorationsThe Trick or Treat event is for TETNA members and the trick-or-treating is for children ages 14 and under. 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!).

Online Registration New this year, you can register for Trick-or-Treating and pay for your annual membership completely online. If you don’t have any trick-or-treaters and would prefer to give out your own candy, we will send you the display sign for you to print, and there is nothing more you need to do. However, if you plan to have any trick-or-treaters participating or want to hand out some of the awesome TETNA-provided candy, you will need to stop by to pick up/drop off at the in-person registration.

Bring to In-Person Registration

  • Completed Membership Registration Form (we will have extras there in case you forget)
  • Completed Trick or Treat Registration Form (we will have extras there in case you forget)
  • Candy Donation: 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. (Also handing out candy and want to keep the kind you picked out? Just let us know.)
  • Membership Dues: $10/household ($8 for seniors) – cash, checks payable to TETNA, or credit card
  • Optional Donation to Scholarship Fund

Take Home from In-Person Registration

  • Glow sticks for each registered child
  • Information sheet
  • Trick or Treat display sign to identify TETNA participants distributing candy
  • Starter candy supply for candy distributors (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 additional candy on your own, or turn out your light when the candy runs out.)

When and Where to Register

  • Tuesday, October 27, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 31, 8:30am-10:00am

Register at St Pius X School located at 2506 Wauwatosa Ave – enter the school doors from the parking lot and look for signs.

Volunteers As always, we are always 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 Trick or Treat registration or in another capacity, please visit our Volunteer Spot page to sign up or contact the event chair Erica Storm (erica.storm@zywave.com).

TETNA looks forward to another successful spooktacular event!