Needless to say, our treats are usually unconventional. Our oldest child was never a fan of candy. Even when he was a toddler he would bypass candy for any other treat. Because of this, we always offer something other than candy for our holiday visitors. The one year that really sticks out in my mind was the very first Halloween we ever did as a family. We handed out little candy bars and apples. Big, organic, juicy red apples that were polished to a high shine.
It seems that there are more families dealing with food allergies and intolerance. I am not going to debate if it is from our modified foods, or because there is more awareness or if it is because testing for these allergies is much easier and accurate. It just is an awareness. Taking children with food allergies Trick-or-Treating is a nightmare. Parents have a couple of choices.
1. They can let their kids collect the candy and then trade it for other items when they get home.
2. You can be the parent that says no to any of it and just drag your child house to house while all the other kids collect candy.
3. You can do a quick check to see what that particular house is offering and try to steer your little goblin towards a different house. These are all valid tactics. But that is a lot stress on the parent.
And, if your little fairy princess SEES all of the colorful, wonderful candies that they are not allowed, there might be consequences. Some kids cry, some feel sad and some of the kids have flat out tantrums on your front lawn. That is not the stuff of great Halloween memories.
1. Sidewalk chalk (I put two in a snack sized baggie)
2. Rubber duckies
4. Glow sticks
5. Mini pads of paper
6. Coloring sheets and a box of crayons
7. Small craft kits
8. Children’s books
Each year I choose something different to put in our “candy basket”. Here are a few items that we have used in the past.
1. Mini waters
2. Juice boxes
3. Pudding cups (not super healthy but generates much excitement)
4. Lunch sized potato chip bags
5. Packages of dried apples
7. Granola bars
8. Fruit leather
I hope these ideas are helpful and that you will consider putting out a Teal Pumpkin this year. Have a happy and safe Halloween.