Halloween is one of the best times of the year for kids. Candy, costumes, parties, more candy. What could be better besides Christmas? To most kids, going a trick ‘or’ treating is the ultimate fun. I know coming home and sorting my candy into piles (chips, bars, gummies, etc.) was the best way to end Halloween night.
This Halloween, not only do I have a preschooler who is so ready to knock on doors and try out his new favorite rhyme: “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat” , I also have a toddler who cannot wait to dress up alongside her brother. The kicker, she is allergic to dairy and nuts. Two ingredients that make up 90% of the candy she will receive. Preparing for this night, I have been picking up some alternative treats to trade with her, so she can still take part in the Halloween festivities and not be excluded because of her allergies.
In recent years, the Teal Pumpkin Project has gained popularity. By placing a teal pumpkin on your front step,you are signaling to people with allergies that you have other treats, which is a blessing for kids like Luna. Something so simple can make the experience of Halloween more enjoyable for allergy kids and parents.
In preparation for Halloween, I have compiled a list of alternative treats anyone can keep on hand for allergy kids who see your teal pumpkin and come to your door:
Walmart and the Dollarama have small packs of Halloween toys like balls, slinkies, yo-yo’s, etc. As junky as it may seem to adults, kids love these types of things.
Kids love stickers, so this one would definitely be a big hit. You can easily buy a book of stickers and cut them up and hand a few out.
Art supplies are always a good gift for kids. Little packs of crayons make great treats on Halloween.
This one is an easy one that a lot of people already do but don’t realize. Most plain chips don’t contain allergens so are safe.
These types of treats are becoming much easier to come by. Walmart sells School Safe brand cookies. Made Good bars are sold at many grocery stores. Applesauce or other fruit pouches are also a good option.
Making Halloween fun for kids is what it’s all about for us adults. Being able to ensure that the fun is inclusive of all kids without judgement is the goal of The Teal Pumpkin Project. As an allergy parent, this gives me so much hope for the future of Halloween.