Alternatives to Candy for Halloween

As another holiday approaches that focuses on pumping our children full of sugary treats I challenge you to try to avoid the pitfall of feeding our children junk, and have something to offer kids who might not be allowed to have candy because of dietary restrictions, or allergies. . .

Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project? No!  I hadn’t either. . .A mom in one of my online mom’s groups brought it to our attention. . . Food Allergy Research and Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!

Here are some ideas for non-eatable treats you can hand out. .

Stickers
Washable Tattoo’s
PlayDough
Super Bouncy Balls
Bubbles
Glow sticks, necklaces or bracelets
Card Games/Mini card games (memory, old maid, uno, etc)
Mini-Comic books
Small Figurines (dinosaurs, animals, army men)
Halloween Rubber ducks
Mini Slinkies
Matchbox Cars
Mini squirt guns
Books/Mini Books (check out thrift stores and garage sales)
DIY crafts in a bag

And if you want some food ideas for party treats. . .here are some healthier alternatives to sugar treats that children will still find fun

Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps
Veggie Chips
Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars/ Kind Bars
Fruit Leathers or Simply Balanced Fruit Snacks
Granola Energy Balls
(Check out Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites from Amy’s Healthy Baking)
Mini Packs of Raisins, yogurt raisins or Cranberries

If you still want to hand out candy, GREAT!  Us parents are looking for some treats to eat when the kiddo’s are in bed. But, please consider also keeping some non-candy treats on hand for the kids who still want to go trick or treating but can’t eat the candy.

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