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6 Non-Candy Treats to Pass Out on Halloween

Halloween candy can be dangerous? The thought never occurred to me. Sure, I know it’s unhealthy and that my kids will likely be bouncing off the walls for the next week, but I can handle that once a year. But then a few friends brought the Teal Pumpkin Project to my attention. The project is important to them because their children have food allergies.

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The Food Allergy & Education Organization cites that 1 in 13 children in the United States have a food allergy. That means that at least one child in your kid’s classroom has an allergy. The most common allergies are milk, nuts, eggs, soy and wheat—all of which are found in various types of candies.

The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to place a teal pumpkin or printed template outside of their door on Halloween night to signal that they will be passing out non-candy treats. If you’d like to participate, here are some great ideas for treats you can pass out that are sure to be a hit for kids with and without allergies:

1. Glow Sticks

Kids love them and they keep them safe while out at night too. Pop them in the freezer at the end of the night to squeeze a little bit of extra life out of them.

2. Temporary Tattoos

These are always a big hit. They come in glow-in-the-dark varieties too.

3. Rubber Duckies

I know some adults who will want these just as much as the kids do. Ahem, me.

4. Stickers

You can go with Halloween stickers or pick a theme like superheroes. They keep kids busy and moms love them because there’s no mess.

5. Slap Bracelets

These are addictive. Your kids will be slapping everything—arms, legs, coffee tables. Your dog will likely be walking around with the bracelet on.

6. Stretch Bats

Nine out of 10 dads will steal these from their children. The one dad that won’t steal it is too busy playing with the glow sticks.

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Of course there will always be houses that pass out candy. If your child has an allergy, it’s important to teach them safety and to check before they eat anything they are unsure about. I know there are several dentists in our community that let you trade in candy for money, so that’s an excellent option for all kids.

Happy trick-or-treating to all!

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