Halloween and Trick or Treat is a favorite holiday for children throughout North America. However, like any other food event, it has the potential to be a nightmare for someone with a food allergy or sensitivity—a risk to health and life, potential embarrassment or simply feeling left out.
Food Allergy Research & Education is has started the Teal Pumpkin Project for households participating in Trick or Treat. A teal pumpkin symbolizes that the house offers a nonfood treat for allergic individuals.
While no one wants to take candy from a child (baby), here are some of the ideas they offer for non-food treats:
• Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
• Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
• Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
• Mini Slinkies
• Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
• Bouncy balls
• Finger puppets or novelty toys
• Spider rings
• Vampire fangs
• Mini notepads
• Playing cards
Happy Halloween! And may the Great Pumpkin be with you!