It’s mid-October, so hopefully your kids have decided on a Halloween costume, and you’ve been able to locate the perfect one and have either pulled all of the pieces together or are waiting on an order to be delivered to your front door.
It’s probably still too early to buy the treats you’ll be handing out. Word is they tend to disappear before October 31 ever rolls around if purchased well in advance. Can’t imagine where they go!
Make sure Halloween is fun for all — including kids with food allergies. Food Allergy Research & Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safe trick-or-treating options for food-allergic children. The Teal Pumpkin Project asks people who are providing food-free Halloween treats to put a teal pumpkin on their porch or a sticker in their window to let trick-or-treaters know. Some parents have even been known to go from house to house ahead of their child to give the treaters a special Halloween treat their youngster can eat. While Halloween and healthy aren’t two words that usually go together, there are options.
Here are some healthier, allergy-friendly options:
Yogurt Raisins Granola Bars – Make sure you have some non-nut selections available. Craisins – A raisin, cranberry mix Individually packaged dried fruit Fruit cups. Grab a pack of mandarin orange cups and use a sharpie to draw little faces on them for a spooky Jack O’lantern treat Fruit snacks Fruit and veggie pouches Goldfish. Individually-packed Goldfish crackers with spooky themes are available in October just in time for trick or treaters Juice boxes Trail mix Fig bars Water bottles
There are some treaters who would prefer giving out small trinkets. Some non-food options might include:
Glow sticks, glow necklaces, and bracelets Pencils, erasers, crayons, coloring books Sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits Glow sticks, spider rings, vampire fangs Bubbles, bouncy balls, finger puppets, whistles Bookmarks, stickers, and stencils. Laser finger lights Halloween pencils, mini erasers and notepads Crayons Bubbles Stickers Temporary tattoos Silly straws Matchbox cars Mini Play-Doh Sidewalk chalk Glow sticks Bouncy balls Noise makers Spider Rings
Give your child a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating; this will discourage filling up on Halloween treats. Keep hydrated while on the go. Bring a water bottle along during trick-or-treating and offer sips every so often. Sometimes thirst gets mistaken for hunger so staying hydrated may reduce the risk of overeating later.
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