FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ encourages providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters to help ensure that kids with food allergies – and any kid for whom candy is not an option – can enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience.
Why are non-food treats a good option? Well, while it is possible to be allergic to almost any food, many popular Halloween candies contain peanuts, nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are some of the most common food allergens. Additionally, many miniature candy items do not have labels or are made differently than their standard-sized counterparts, so it is difficult for parents to determine whether these items are safe for their children with food allergies.
Non-food treats provide a safe, fun alternative for children with food allergies and for other children, such as those with diabetes or celiac disease, for whom candy may present a problem.
There are plenty of inexpensive non-food treats and handouts that kids love. We’ve made a list of just a handful of the kinds of items you can find online or in stores.
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- Mello Smello Sticker Boxes and Non-Food Treats
FARE’s Official Teal Pumpkin Project Partner Mello Smello sells stickers and other non-food treats for trick-or-treaters, available at some of the nation’s largest retailers including Walmart, Target, Kroger, Walgreens and CVS.
- Mini Halloween Comic Books
The Halloween ComicFest (HCF) is on Oct. 31, with events running through the month of October. Participating comic shops across the country will have mini-comic bundles, containing 25 of a single mini comic title available to purchase for $4.99. These mini-comics are great option for the Teal Pumpkin Project™ – kids can enjoy them and share them with friends, and best of all, they keep kids reading! For this annual event, anyone who goes to a participating comic shop on Oct. 31 will get a free comic and be able to participate in fun Halloween events. For more details about Halloween ComicFest, the mini-comics and where to find a participating comic shop, visit halloweencomicfest.com.
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Flashing LED rings
- Spider rings
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Stencils or stamps
- Mini Slinkies
- Playing cards
- Novelty toys (scary eye patch, vampire fangs)
- Bouncy balls (consider latex allergies by buying latex-free versions)
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Learn more about non-food treats at www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/ideas-for-non-food-treats.
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What are your favorite non-food treats to share? Tell us about it in the comments.