Halloween trick-or-treating can be a truly scary experience for families with food allergies. That is why this year the Food Allergy Research & Education organization (FARE) started the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages families to paint a pumpkin teal and place it on their porch as a sign that they offer non-food treats.
Having non-food treats available at your home is a great alternative to the traditional Halloween candy because it allows all children to be included in the trick-or-treating fun while keeping everyone safe.
Here is a list of our favorite non-food treats to hand out this Halloween:
1. Vampire Teeth
You can find them in all kinds of styles: colorful, glow in the dark, realistic looking, etc… They can be the perfect addition to any costume. Since this is a chocking hazard, make sure to only hand these out to children who are old enough to manage them and only when an adult is around to supervise them.
2. Bouncy Balls
Every kid will appreciate this treat! Bouncy balls come in all sizes and with tons of styles to choose from, so every child can feel special. Be sure to provide bigger bouncy balls to younger children to avoid a chocking hazard.
3. Glow in the Dark Bracelets
These bracelets will add a touch of magic to any child’s night. They come in a wide variety of colors and the glow lasts for more than one night. Be sure to warn the parents to check for any spillage of the liquid substance inside of the bracelets. If a spillage occurs, let them know they can wash it off and should throw the bracelet out.
4. Bubble Wands
5. Halloween-Themed Stickers
Hand out a sticker sheet per child or cut your sticker sheets into small sections and hand those out. Every child will leave your home with a smile!
These five options are all inexpensive and you can order these items on bulk to save money. You will most likely be able to find these items at your local party store or you can order them online.
Remember to have a sign by your door to let parents know you offer non-food treats and leave a teal pumpkin on your porch to support FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project.