Halloween 2016: Non-Candy Treats
Since the arrival of the sensationally popular Teal Pumpkin Project (developed by FARE), food-allergic children can trick or treat with less fear at houses decorated with teal-colored pumpkins, which indicate that allergy-friendly loot is being offered.
Here are Allergic Living’s top picks of candy alternatives to include – either in your bowl of goodies or as a valued toy to swap out for questionable goodies your child has gathered. Let’s make October 31 safe and inclusive!
FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project Essentials Kit
New to non-edible treats? Then this is the place to start. FARE makes it easy with a selection of 60 non-edible giveaways for every little ghoul and ghost. The reusable treat bag, poster, stencil and window cling included in the kit will let every reveler know you’re Teal Pumpkin proud.
Available at www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project. (U.S. & Canada)
Mello Smello Tattoos
The logo on the box says it all. A true supporter of the Teal Pumpkin Project, Mello Smello offers perfect trick-or-treat alternatives to candy. A choice of “Wacky Wildlife” or “Spooky” tattoos, will let kids add flare to any costume.
Available at www.mellosmello.com, Walmart, CVS and other major retailers in the U.S and select Shoppers Drug Marts in Canada. (U.S. & Canada)
Oriental Trading’s Treasure Chest
If you can dream it, chances are Oriental Trading has already made it a reality. With hundreds of knick-knacks to choose from, this craft supply hub is a one-stop shop for non-edible Halloween handouts. Opt for the Halloween treasure chest, brimming with dozens of toys and baubles to keep kids busy long after every morsel of candy is gone.
Available at orientaltrading.com. (U.S. & Canada)
Party City Stickers
Candy? Who needs candy? Open the door and trick-or-treaters will be scrambling to get their hands on these fright-night-themed bouncy balls and stickers. They’ll go fast, so stock up while you still can!
Available at www.partycity.com (U.S. & Canada)
Fun Express Jack-O’-Lantern Halloween Kit
If there’s one thing that screams Halloween, it’s a bright orange Jack-O’-Lantern. But don’t stop at just one. With the Jack-O’-Lantern Halloween assortment from Fun Express, you’ll have an instant party in a box, along with 250 assorted gap-toothed trinkets, ready to hand out.
Available at www.funexpress.com. (U.S. & Canada)
Play-Doh Halloween Bag
Inspire creativity by handing out these “treat without the sweet” Halloween goodies (*note, not suitable for those avoiding wheat/gluten). Each bag comes with 15 one-ounce cans of modeling compound in fun seasonal colors. Perfect for molding black cats, white ghosts, green ghouls and more.
Allergy Apparel Teal Ribbon Tattoos
Make a safe statement this Halloween with temporary Teal Ribbon Tattoos for food allergy awareness. Each spooktacular set includes three stylish bracelet designs and have easy water application, and gentle oil or alcohol removal.
Available at www.allergyapparel.com (U.S. & Canada)
Michaels’ Teal Craft Pumpkin
Let your Halloween decor do double duty with the Craft Pumpkin from Michaels, which is supporting FARE’s nationwide Teal Pumpkin Project. Take part in the project by placing this no-mess teal pumpkin by your door to alert allergic trick-or-treaters to the non-food gifts you’re handing out.
Available at www.michaels.com (U.S. & Canada)
The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft
Have you heard of the Switch Witch? A master of trickery, she neatly swaps out a loot bag full of potentially unsafe candy for a great toy reward (or for allergy-friendly candy). The colorfully illustrated book tells the witch’s story. And you get your own Switch Witch to sit on a shelf and oversee a new Halloween tradition, one that kids can look forward to every year.
Available at switchwitches.com and Target. (U.S. Only)