Halloween is such a fun time for children. An opportunity to dress-up, pretend to be something fantastical and visit neighbors who give out treats. Halloween is a fun time for parents, too. All the picture opportunities and the repeated oohs and ahhs from passersby about your little cuties. Halloween can be a bit of a bummer for families whose children have food allergies or conditions such as type one diabetes or celiac disease. For these children, most traditional Halloween treats are simply unsafe and therefore are often discarded, if these families choose to trick-or-treat at all.
One way to make your house an inclusive stop for all kids in your neighborhood is to either skip food- or candy-related treats or to offer non-food treats in addition to your candy offering. Yes, I know handing out candy is fun, but in order to include everyone in the fun, it’s a great idea to offer some non-food treats in a separate bowl from your candy treats for your trick-or-treaters.
A great way to let trick-or-treaters know you are handing out non-edible treats is to place a Teal Pumpkin Project sign or an a pumpkin painted teal near your door. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a national program supported by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and many partner organizations to help ensure that all children can have fun and take part in the fun of trick-or-treating.
Plus, many parents will thank you for not adding more sugar to their little one’s trick-or-treat bag.
25 Non-Food Halloween Treats
- Glow in the dark bracelets or wands
- Temporary tattoos
- Small slinky like toys
- Small Animal or dinosaur toy figures
- Sidewalk chalk
- Silly straws
- Party bead necklaces
- Finger puppets
- Fake mustaches
- Larger bouncy balls
- Toy spiders, bats or skeletons
- Slap bracelets
- Small coloring books
- Musical shaker eggs
- Play jewelry
- Key chains
- Glow-in-the-dark or character band-aids
- Light up LED rings
What other non-food treats do you think would be fun to hand out to the little ghosts and gobblins trick-or-treating in your neighborhood?