Halloween is coming soon. As you prepare to dole out goodies on Halloween night, is it your moral obligation to meet the special needs of children with food allergies?
No, it is not.
However, recent statistics report that one in every 13 children (under the age of 18) has a food allergy. That number represents a lot of kids!
My grandson is one of those “food allergy” kids. He is deathly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. All parents inspect their children’s Halloween treats before allowing them to be eaten. There is one extra step for parents of children with food allergies: Making certain that the ingredients in the candy or other food items don’t cause severe illness or death.
Are you interested in providing safe goodies to all your trick-or-treaters? Here are some non-food treat suggestions:
Toys, Books, and Drawing Supplies
Visit your local “dollar” store to stock up on non-food treats. Small doodle pads, notebooks, mini paint kits, pencils, and crayons are often sold for as little as “four for 50 cents.” Pocket-sized books and little puzzles also fall into the “cheap, but fun” category.
I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like trinkets and a variety of other interesting toys that can be purchased for much less than the cost of candy. Stickers, temporary tattoos, collectible cards, balls, and balloons are also popular.
Kids love money. Age-appropriate amounts can range from nickels to quarters, depending upon your means to give. You can place the money in plastic baggies, and secure by tying with orange and black ribbon. Or simply keep a bowl of change next to the door, and pop it into the trick-or-treaters’ goodie containers.
Barrettes and Kid Band-aids
Pretty and inexpensive hair accessories for girls are always a hit. Both boys and girls love theme band-aids. Most will probably tear them open on the spot and plaster a few onto their arms, faces, and costumes.
Glow Sticks and Mini Flash Lights
These are fun and fitting items for trick-or-treaters.
Halloween treating with non-food items not only benefits food-allergy kids. It saves you money. Plus, many parents will thank you for providing healthier (and longer lasting) alternative treats, whether or not their children have food allergies.
Have a happy, healthy Halloween!
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