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Boofest: Halloween fun and a chance to win
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PBO-Lauren Halloween is going to be an extra-special celebration for us this year! That's because Boofest, our annual Halloween party for kids at our stores across the state, falls right around Halloween.

Consider Boofest a warm-up for kids under 8 to the 'real' trick-or-treating that comes later that day. At this event, we offer activities and treats for kids at stations across our stores. Kids can pick up snacks, decorate cookies or even get some non-food items. We know events like this can be tricky for kids with food allergies, which is why we're offering teal pumpkin stations again this year. These are stations set up especially for kids with food allergies as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, which offers kids non-food options, such as stickers, whistles, bracelets and pencils.

teal pumpkins

The Teal Pumpkin Pledge is something you can do at home too by offering allergy-friendly candy options, such as:

    • Enjoy Life Boom CHOCO Boom Ricemilk and Dark Chocolate candy bars – Free from gluten, peanuts, soy, dairy, wheat, tree nuts, eggs
    • Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops – free from gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, soy, and artificial colors/dyes
    • Dubble Bubble – manufactured in a facility that does not process wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, nut products, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt
    • Caramel Apple Pops -  manufactured in a facility that does not process wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, nut products, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt

You also could offer non-food options, such as:

    • Glowsticks
    • Stickers
    • Halloween pencils/erasers
    • Small toys/plastic jewelry

The annual Boofest event runs from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kids 8 and under are encouraged to come in costume! We're really looking forward to seeing some great photos of those adorable Elsas and Super Girls and Jedi Knights and little ghouls and goblins. We're so excited that we're hosting a Facebook photo contest. Take a picture of your little one enjoying Boofest, post it to Facebook and tag us in it and you're in the running for a $100 Festival Foods gift card! (The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Monday, Nov. 2.) Boofest also allows our associates to have some fun! You'll see our associates dressing up in costume and many departments plan their theme all year and get really creative.  Don’t be surprised if a flamingo waits on you in the deli or a cowgirl checks out your groceries while a clown is bagging them. PBO-Lauren3  

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