Halloween is fast approaching and soon all the little ghosts and goblins will be bangin’ on your door, opening their little treat bags for some goodies. I love Halloween. Dressing up in character is totally my jam. I’m the crazy lady that had a murder mystery birthday party (80’s Greek wedding themed) and shows up in footie pajamas when the dress code for girlfriend get togethers is ‘comfy attire’.
I also love Halloween because I am always gifted my favorite candy bars – Almond Joys. What is it with kids hating coconut? Fine, I’ll take one for the team and eat the ones you don’t want…
My ultimate Halloween love is sharing the fun with my son, but for some families that have children with food allergies, Halloween can be a stressful and scary time. I am incredibly fortunate that my son doesn’t have a food allergy, but my heart bleeds for those that do. That’s why I am a big supporter of the Teal Pumpkin Project.
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) website: “Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.”
Not only is the Teal Pumpkin Project an amazing way to help ALL children enjoy trick-or-treating, it’s also a great way to offer healthy alternatives. Because let’s face it, there is enough sugar to go around!
How can you get involved? It’s easy. Simply display a teal pumpkin in your yard or porch this Halloween to let those families know that you have allergy-friendly treats.
Ok let’s get real. I have HUNDREDS of trick or treaters come to my door. Yeah, HUNDREDS. We live in a very child-friendly neighborhood. Time for some straight up honesty – I cannot offer my healthy alternative ideas to every child or I’d be a very broke, ugly witch. So I simple leave a note on our teal pumpkin that says, “please ask” so I can whip out my alternative treat bucket when requested. The FARE website also has free downloadable posters to display on your door or window.
Looking for ideas for healthy alternatives or allergy-friendly treats? Here is some inspiration!
I’ll be handing out these Minion bananas and Jack O Lantern fruit cups. It took a matter of seconds to sketch these masterpieces. I’m not even an artist and these turned out pretty darn good (if I do say so myself).
More and more retailers are also offering candy alternative snack packs. Popcorn, healthy cookies, and gluten-free pretzels to name just a few.
Or check these out:
Easy Clementine Pumpkins from Real Mom Nutrition
Ghost String Cheese from Creative Ramblings
Mummy Drink Boxes from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Here are some toy ideas from How Does She.
Glow Stick are a great alternative to treats – kids love the ‘coolness’ factor and adults love the safety factor. Busy Bee Kate has these and other options.
You can check your local dollar store or Oriental Trading Company for bulk toys and trinkets to give as an alternative to food items.
The only thing scary during Halloween should be the costumes, NOT fear of food-allergies. These healthy alternatives to sugar-loaded candy will please parents and kids alike (without getting your house toilet papered or egged).