Halloween can be an exciting time for kids, but for children with food allergies, juvenile diabetes, or suffering from malnutrition (yes, this occurs in your backyard across North America), candy can be dangerous and even deadly. This doesn’t sound like a treat, but it certainly does sound like a trick. Even foods that don't contain peanuts may be off limits for children with severe nut allergies.
Even more difficult is explaining to the child that they cannot eat the candy that they so excitedly received from loved ones, friendly neighbors, schools, and businesses. A serious bummer for parents and children.
So what can we do to make Halloween a fun holiday for everyone? A day ALL kids can enjoy, where there is no detriment to a child's health?
Here are our top 10 non-candy, non-food Halloween treat ideas:
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The great news these options do not need to cost more than your traditional candy bags! There are many stores offering more non-food Halloween treats such as your local dollar store or discount store.
Non-food options are not only safer, they are more fun for kids! These treats will last longer than candy and will provide more memories.
Take it to the next level and let families know you are offering non-candy items by setting a painted teal pumpkin outside. Learn more about getting started with the Teal Pumpkin Project here.
Try adding non-candy treats in your Halloween basket!
Did we miss a treat? Let us know in the comments below!
Learn more about what foods are Snackster Sam approved and how to get kids to eat healthy in just 5 minutes with the list of Snackster Sam approved snacks.
Danielle is the mother of two and creator of Snackster Sam. She has been concerned about healthy habits and nutrition for over a decade, and conducted an award-winning scientific study on portion control. She created Snackster Sam to make eating healthy more fun for parents and children. Learn more about the mission here.