What’s scarier than the ghoulish and frightening ghosts, zombies, and other nightmarish creatures that permeate Halloween? A city’s suggestion that parents hand out fitness passes instead of junk food on October 31st.
Summerside, PEI is encouraging families to give recreation passes to trick-or-treaters this year along with candy, or instead of the tasty treats. If you’re buying 10 passes for Halloween handouts, it’ll cost you $10 instead of the regular $30. These passes cover bowling, skating and swimming at town facilities.
Couple that with the Teal Pumpkin campaign that is gaining steam across North America, and you have a holiday that is increasingly under attack by health nuts and safety nannies!
What’s the Teal Pumpkin all about? The Food Allergy Research and Education group started this campaign last year. Homes offering non-food treats to kids suffering allergies or those whose parents are health conscious are encouraged to place this pumpkin outside their house as a kind of signal flag. Instead of food, things like toys, books, and other fun items are offered.
Is there anything wrong with giving kids candy on one special day of the year?