Alternatives to Halloween Candy
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Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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The Teal Pumpkin Project gives families a great reason to offer non-food treats to the trick-or-treaters who come to their door on Halloween.Are you uncomfortable about handing out sugar filled candy to the trick-or-treaters that will come to your door on Halloween? There are plenty of healthier alternatives. Some families are choosing to hand out non-food treats instead of candy.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was created by the FARE (which stands for Food Allergy Research & Education). The goal of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating safe for children who have food allergies. It promotes the safety, inclusion, and respect of kids who have food allergies, who are diabetic, or who have otherwise cannot eat certain foods or need to limit their sugar intake.

You can take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween. Download a sign from the FARE website that will let people know that you are passing out safe treats. Some families are painting an entire pumpkin teal and putting it on their porch. (The FARE website has other ways to get involved, too.)

FARE has a list of non-food items that you can hand out on Halloween instead of candy:

* Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
* Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
* Bubbles
* Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
* Mini Slinkies
* Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
* Bouncy balls
* Finger puppets or novelty toys
* Coins
* Spider rings
* Vampire fangs
* Mini notepads
* Playing cards
* Bookmarks
* Stickers
* Stencils

Not sure what to pick? FARE can make things really easy for you. They sell Teal Pumpkin Project Trick-or-Treat Goodie bags. Each comes with a selection of 50 non-food treat goodies, including 20 Halloween sticker packs (8 per pack), 10 bouncy balls (latex free, not for kids under 3 years old), 10 orange and black rope friendship bracelets, and 10 Halloween pencils). Order before October 15, 2015, and you can receive your bag in time for Halloween.

Another option is to visit your local dollar store and look for packages of non-food items to hand out. You might find Halloween pencils and erasers. One package of plastic army men, farm animals, or dinosaurs can be opened up and handed out to dozens of children – one toy at a time.

Those who do not celebrate Halloween, but will be participating in a “trunk-or-treat” or a fall festival at their church, might consider handing out non-food treats this year. It is a great way to avoid handing out a lot of sugar filled candy. It also shows compassion and respect for the kids who have food allergies. You will be giving these kids the opportunity to safely participate in the fun.

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