I am a big fan of Halloween and our neighborhood is one that attracts many children including families who drive to our neighborhood to Trick or Treat. I want the experience to be one that EVERY child can enjoy and so I have a lot of variety to choose from. But most of all my concern is for kids who have allergies – I want to give them something to enjoy also.
When I first became conscious of the problem Halloween was for kids with allergies I stopped getting candy with peanuts. But as I explored the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) website, I realized that milk, eggs, wheat and soy are also common allergens that could be in many candies. Then I started to give a choice of non-food items. I have been doing this for years.
Several years ago FARE initiated the TEAL Pumpkin Project and provided signs of a Teal Pumpkin which you can post and will let parents and kids know that you have non-food treats. I have been posting my Teal Pumpkin sign since the first year and every year I have parents who thank me and kids who leave my door with a big smile and their non-food treat. Last year we even painted a pumpkin teal and had it on our doorstep.
You can download your own Teal Pumpkin sign and find other Halloween resources here. There are several to choose from - mine says that I have both candy and non-food treats.
The non-food treats are a popular choice. The bonus is that it is also healthy to have some non-candy treats. Yes, I have candy too but I go through many more non-food items. I try to have something for various ages so here will be my choices this year.
Moose Toys is a supporter of the Teal Pumpkin Project and thanks to Moose I will have loads of these Happy Places and Grossery Gang single packs. Thanks Moose!
|Grossery Gang Single Packs - Plastic Toy not a Candy Bar!|
Happy Places Single Packs
Items that I purchased at Target and the Dollar Store:
|Play Doh Party Size - Toddlers through Teens Love These|
|Pencils, Erasers and Pads|
|Bubbles - Popular with All Ages|
Learn more about the growing popularity of the Teal Pumpkin Project here and Join In!