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Halloween Weekend

It's really Halloween month in my family. My kids started brainstorming costume ideas in September. Now that it's finally here there's so much to look forward to this week including 'Trunk or Treat' events on Friday in Milton and on Sunday in Essex as well as a 'Community Glow Walk' on Friday night in South Burlington. Saturday, you can partake in 'Pumpkin Carving on the Green' in Williston and 'Pumpkins in the Park' in Bristol. Don't forget the Burlington Halloween Bike Ride on Sunday. Check out all the family fun events here and don't forget that the 31st is the last day you can submit to the Spectacular Spectacular, a talent show for Vermonters ages 5-16. Fifteen entries will be chosen to appear on WCAX. The event is sponsored by McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli. Halloween is as sweet as it is stressful for my family. Both my kids have food allergies. There’s the safety issue but as they’ve gotten older, the bigger problem is the battle to make sure they don’t feel excluded from the fun. My latest Vermont Visionariesseries profiles Mark Elvidge from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates who pioneered nut-free products to create a company that one longterm customer calls "the biggest light in what was a really dark time for us." Keep reading below to learn how his company creates an inclusive Halloween for kids with peanut and tree nut allergies!

— Cat Cutillo

Vermont Visionaries: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, Mark Elvidge

For families like Liz Catalfamo's, Halloween came with fears that were all too real when her kids were younger — the New Jersey mom raised two daughters with peanut and tree nut allergies. “It’s sort of a nightmare. We would still do the trick-or-treating, and I would watch all this candy going in their bags and I knew three-quarters of it I wasn’t going to be able to give them," said Catalfamo in a video interview. Finding Vermont Nut Free Chocolates was a real treat for her and her family. Click here to watch the video and read the story.

Image: Photo by Cat Cutillo



Let's Grows Kids, Al Koonz, working parent and ER nurse

“Because of the pandemic… 

"I can’t rely on my parents for child care while working long ER shifts. I’ve changed jobs to be with my children, taking me away from my community when needed most." Child care is essential to Vermont’s essential workers. It’s time to invest in what’s essential. Join the Child Care Campaign.


Montpelier Fall Festival and Halloween Celebration

Vermont's capital city hosts a Halloween celebration this Sunday from 1-5:30 p.m. Cuddle up for scary stories at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library BOOooOOooK Nook, watch puppeteers and a Tibetan youth dance troupe and take part in a costume parade from the Statehouse to downtown that will lead trick-or-treaters to local merchants doling out candy. The evening finishes with a Thriller Flash Mob! Click here for more information.

Image: Courtesy of Jeb Wallace-Brodeur



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BTV Halloween Ride

The annual costumed bike ride through the streets of Burlington falls on Halloween this year! Join hundreds of riders on Sunday, October 31, for a rolling Halloween costume party! The police-escorted parade begins at City Hall Park at 2 p.m. Celebrate "shared streets, not scared streets." Free event for all ages! Learn more.


Halloween in Winooski

The Onion City's downtown Rotary Park will be filled with pumpkins and kid activities on October 29, 30 and 3. The festivities will include pumpkin-carving contest awards, the lighting of the Jack-O-Lanterns each night, a movie screening of Coco, a collaborative mural, scavenger hunts and music! Click here for more information.

Image: Courtesy downtown Winooski



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Register Your Act!

Calling all singers, comics and other entertainers, we want you to try out for the Kids VT Spectacular Spectacular — a VIRTUAL talent show for Vermont's rising stars on WCAX! Now is the time to start working on your act. Send us your audition video by THIS SUNDAY, October 31. The Spectacular Spectacular is sponsored by McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli. Sign up!


Cochran's Ski and Ride Sale

The dipping temperatures are a great reminder to start preparing for your downhill adventures this winter! Now through November 3 you can consign your gently used ski and ride gear online through Cochran's Ski Area ski and ride sale. Consign gear in-person at the drop-off on November 5. Ski and ride gear can be purchased at Cochran's in Richmond on November 6 and 7. Click here for more information.

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Links for Later
State Recommends Most Students Wear Masks During Indoor Winter Sports

"The Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health released new guidance on Tuesday that's aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in school-based indoor winter sports, including hockey, basketball, indoor track and bowling."

Seven Days, 10/26/21

My Kid Is Afraid of Shots. How Can We Prepare for the Covid Vaccine?

"Trypanophobia, as the fear of needles is technically called, is common — with some studies estimating it can affect most kids under 10. Some children get so worked up just by thinking of a needle or blood that their heart rate and blood pressure rises, and then drops rapidly, causing them to faint. The good news is that parents and caregivers can help children overcome their fears if they understand the best ways to offer support. Here’s how."

The New York Times, 10/26/21

Vermont Schools Struggle to Provide Services Amid Staffing Shortages

"Yard work isn't typically on the list of job responsibilities for a school administrator. But on a recent Friday, Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools superintendent Libby Bonesteel, clad in a baseball cap and blue jeans, pushed a lawn mower outside Montpelier High School for an hour."

Seven Days, 10/27/21

A pumpkin-kayak sets out on Otter Creek

"They hollowed out the 600-pound winter squash, set it in the Otter Creek just a little ways north of Belden Falls, VanNosdeln stepped in, and they launched the floating pumpkin. He skillfully piloted the craft for three-quarters of a mile before landing it on the shore, staying afloat the whole time.

“Pumpkins are very buoyant,” Hummel told the Independent."

The Addison Independent, 10/25/21


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