With just a few days to go before Halloween kids are sure to be in a frenzy over their costumes and excitement about candy hauls. But for some families Halloween isn’t all fun and games -it’s downright scary. For those families dealing with food allergies or sensitivities, or for those who are simply trying to create better eating habits for their kids, a holiday that’s sole focus is on gathering and consuming heaping gobs of candy is a nightmare.
Enter the Teal Pumpkin Project. The gist is simple: put a pumpkin painted teal outside your door on Halloween if you’re planning to provide trick-or-treaters with non-food treats, such as stickers, dress up jewelry, or bubbles. You can stock up on tons of fun grab bag items at your local dollar store.
Stumped on what you can provide your trick-or-treaters that isn’t food/candy-based and won’t leave you with tricks being played on you? We’ve got a list (don’t we always?):
- Glow sticks
- Dress up jewelry
- Sports trading cards
- Halloween erasers and pens/pencils
- Mini-coloring books and crayons
- Rubber bouncing balls
The Teal Pumpkin Project has a list of more ideas here – and we’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments or on Facebook!