When you have a child with a food allergy, you don’t ever want them to miss out because of it. Halloween is a time when there is a risk of children being exposed to their food allergies and feeling left out of the fun. It might take a bit of extra work, but there are always alternatives! I have discovered two awesome ideas that will benefit so many children with food allergies.
The best part? These traditions are fun for everyone! Even if your child doesn’t have a food allergy, there are lots of reasons that eating a giant bag of candy might not be the best option for their health, including its effects on the immune system, digestion, skin health, and behaviour. Let’s make trick-or-treating fun (and healthy!) for everyone!!
The Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched as a national campaign in the United States by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization in 2014. Since then, it has been gaining popularity across the United States and in Canada! The purpose behind The Teal Pumpkin Project is to make sure that all children come home from their night of trick-or-treating with something fun to enjoy! To participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project all you need to do is provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters! This can include things like glow sticks, small toys, stickers, etc. To signal to trick-or-treaters that you support The Teal Pumpkin Project and have non-food treats available, place a teal pumpkin in front of your home.
Now that I’ve learned about The Teal Pumpkin Project, I absolutely plan to participate this year! Check out the interactive map to see if anybody in your neighbourhood is participating.
To get even more involved, check out The Teal Pumpkin Project website.
The Switch Witch
I LOVE this idea!! The Switch Witch is a new Halloween tradition that can easily be introduced into any family. The Switch Witch will hang out at your house in the nights leading up to Halloween (Similar to the Elf of the Shelf at Christmas). On Halloween night, children will leave their bag out overnight and the Switch Witch will switch their bag of candy for a toy! It is the perfect way to allow your children to enjoy trick-or-treating and running around with their friends to collect candy but not have to eat it all afterwards. They won’t be disappointed because they’ll have a fun toy as their reward! You can always keep a small amount of allergy-friendly candy for them to enjoy too.
Check out the Switch Witch website to read more about the legend. Unfortunately, it might be difficult to find the book and witch in Canada but it would be easy to use any other toy witch in its place!
I can’t wait to start this tradition with our kids one day 🙂
Will you add these new traditions to your Halloween?