Food allergies are a common reality that many families face. I had never considered how food allergies impact the fun of Halloween for many families until I learned about the teal pumpkin project. This year, I am making an effort to find awesome treats that everyone can enjoy on Halloween!
First, if you want to offer allergy-friendly treats to trick or treaters, making that known is as simple as painting a pumpkin teal. This is the signal that your house is a safe stop along the way for families with allergy concerns. You can also make a sign that alerts families that you have options available for food allergies.
Determining what are safe offerings for children with allergies is not as difficult as you might imagine it to be. There are many edible options and if you are in doubt, you can skip the candy and offer treasures and toys instead!
Non-Food Items to Offer
Glow Sticks, mini bottles of bubbles, spider rings and novelty bugs and monsters are a few fun options. Your local dollar discount shop will likely have an aisle devoted to Halloween novelties in multi-packs for economical options.
Coins are another popular option. A few rolls of pennies and nickels in a bowl will offer kids something to smile about and give them a starting place for savings.
Homemade bookmarks or play dough are perfect options for allergy friendly options for trick or treaters too! You can make a big batch of super soft play dough and divide it up into small snack bags.
Allergy Friendly Treats
There are many fun treats that you can offer children this Halloween that are allergy friendly. A few candies I have found that are a good option to making trick or treat safe for all children include:
- Air Heads
- Smarties in a variety of versions including sours and pops
- CVS brand candy bracelets
- Black Forest brand gummies
- Brach's Candy Corn
- Super Bubble Gum
- Trolli gummies including sours
- Tic Tacs
- Jolly Rancher hard candies
- Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
- Swedish Fish
- Necco Wafers
- Dum Dum lollipops
- Lifesaver hard candies
- Sweet Tarts
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