As the leaves begin to fall and the air turns crisp, we know that October is finally here. And with October comes one of the most neighborly holidays of them all… Halloween!
Through the years, we’ve enjoyed delighting our members with our annual Halloween Treat Map, which allows neighbors to mark their homes with a candy corn icon if they plan to pass out candy or a haunted house icon if they plan to give their neighbors an oh-so-spooky thrill.
Well folks, there’s no reason for boos because the Treat Map is back… but with a little twist. After receiving feedback from our members, we are thrilled to announce that we have added a new teal pumpkin icon to the Treat Map, which gives members the opportunity to let neighbors know that they are passing out non-food treats on Halloween.
According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), one in 13 children has a food allergy. For children with allergies, even a tiny trace of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction. Unfortunately, many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are some of the most common allergens in children and adults. By providing non-food treats, neighbors can help create a safe, fun alternative for children with food allergies and other conditions for whom candy may present a problem.
As the neighborhood social network, we want to ensure that all neighbors are able to take part in this spooktacular holiday. We hope that neighbors across the country will consider taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year, and mark their homes with the new icon on the Treat Map.
To use the Treat Map, follow these simple steps:
- If you’re already a Nextdoor member, simply sign into your account. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up and verify your address to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun: nextdoor.com/treat.
- Once signed in, visit your neighborhood map. You will be given the choice to add a candy corn, haunted house, or teal pumpkin on top of your home. If you live in or plan to visit a multi-tenant building, just click on the parcel to see the details of who will be participating in that building.
- Encourage your neighbors and friends to place the appropriate icon on the map so you’ll know exactly who is handing out treats or hosting a haunted house.
- And, on Halloween, take the trick out of the treat and use the Treat Map to make your way through the neighborhood to score candy and non-food goodies.
Wishing all of our neighbors a fun-filled Halloween this year!