Having a child with a food allergy or diabetes impacts nearly every aspect of life – including how he or she can participate in holidays. Festive celebrations nearly always include special treats, and it can be heartbreaking to tell a child that he or she can’t participate in the merriment of trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
This is where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in, allowing all children to get in on the fun of trick-or-treating – while removing the worry of its food focus.
Families can paint their teal pumpkin or purchase one from a local craft store. Placing it on their doorstep signifies that they will offer allergy-friendly treats in a separate bowl during trick-or-treating, or perhaps only offer the alternative treats.
There are many exciting, inexpensive items trick-or-treaters enjoy just as much – if not more – than candy.
Some teal pumpkin treat ideas are:
• Bouncy balls
• Glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces
• Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
• Mini notebooks
• Pencils, crayons or markers
• Spider rings
• Vampire fangs
• Whistles, kazoos or noisemakers
Such items are readily available at party supply stores or online bulk supply stores. If you are offering allergy-free treats, consider avoiding items like Play-Doh (which contains wheat) and any toy that contains latex, a fairly common allergen.
Another benefit? These treats cut down on sugar intake during a treat-filled night. See more ways to reduce your child’s sugar intake this Halloween.