FALL WRITING FRENZY ENTRY – Sage’s Teal Halloween 

Happy October, Creatives! And part of that October happiness is FALL WRITING FRENZY hosted by the wonderful kidlit duo, Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis. For more on the contest or to read the other fall-tasting entries, click HERE.

Recap: Fall Writing Frenzy is a kidlit contest. The task is to write a kid-friendly story in 200 words based on one of fourteen fall images. My photo selection is below.

Halloween- Credit: Bing

My entry was inspired by my own battle with Food Allergies which includes tree nuts, peanuts, and soy. These are the biggest allergens that affect children trick or treating.

Sage’s Teal Halloween 

In her sparkly costume      

Sage marched down the street.  

She arrived at house one,  

with a loud trick-or-treat.   


They handed out candy. 

Sage wished for a bite.

But she knew if she did 

her cheeks would turn bright.


The next house had cider.

Sage wished for a drop.

But she knew if she did

her stomach would flop.


House number three had  

popcorn aplenty.    

And that’s when Sage realized

“But, I can’t have any.”


Sage turned to her mother, 

“There’s no treats for me. 

Halloween is no fun 

with a food allergy.”


“Let’s try one more house. 

The teal pumpkins look fun.”

“Okay,” agreed Sage, “but 

after this house, I’m done.”


Sage crept up the stairs

and squealed in delight.

Fun toys filled the basket,

not a sweet treat in sight.


Maybe trick-or-treating 

wasn’t the worst, 

and on next Halloween

this house would be first.


I hope you enjoyed this entry. If you have a little one with Food Allergies (or have Food Allergies yourself) I would love for the comments to be a space you feel comfortable sharing. Thank you for reading. Until next time. Stay safe and spooky, y’all!

The Teal Pumpkin Project raises food allergy awareness and offering the option of non-food trinkets and toys in a separate bowl to make Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters. To learn about the Teal Pumpkin Project click HERE.


33 thoughts on “FALL WRITING FRENZY ENTRY – Sage’s Teal Halloween 

  1. Elayne says:

    Nice job, Brittany! Great point (and writing!) about the challenges of trick or treating with food (or other) allergies! And a great reminder (to me) to make sure I have a teal pumpkin and options so that all are welcome at our door! 🙂

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  2. Shelly Mack says:

    Thank you for your story. My 5 year old daughter has severe allergies and Halloween, Christmas and parties are particularly hard. I will read this to her. Thank you for raising awareness through your words.

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  3. Dena Davis says:

    Loved the rhythm and rhyme and especially the theme! Bravo! We don’t get trick-or-treaters where we live now, but I had fun pencils, stickers and toys years ago just to combat the sugar overload. 🙂 Little did I know back then I may have made someone’s night for other reasons!

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  4. Melissa-Jane Nguyen says:

    Oh I love this, Brittany! My little ones have both had issues with certain foods (intolerances that they’ve slowly adapted to) so we’re always mindful when it comes to food at parties and celebrations. Brilliant that you were able to raise an important issue through this fun contest! ❤

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  5. Kim-Hoa says:

    Aww, Brittany! So wonderful you touched upon food allergies. Such a cute story to help bring awareness. I remember seeing a teal pumpkin for the first time. Very touching! Thank you for your great story! I love it! Good luck!

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  6. Alicia says:

    This is such a sweet way to raise awareness for an important cause, Brittany! Good job – I put out my teal pumpkin every year. No takers yet, but I have coloring books ready 🙂 Good luck!

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  7. steenahernandez says:

    Brittany…I have a gluten sensitive child, so I appreciate this a great deal. Thank you for bringing awareness to this holiday in a delightful way!:)

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  8. Sarah Meade says:

    I enjoyed reading Sage’s story. What a great idea to educate and raise awareness about this issue. My nephew has food allergies, which is how I learned about the Teal Pumpkin Project. Great job, Brittany!


  9. Colleen Dougherty says:

    We collect Happy Meal Toys through the year and have that as an option for kids with allergies and the kids love it!
    Your story shines the light bright on the challenges of Halloween when you have allergies. Enjoyed it!


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