With Halloween and trick-or-treaters approaching, now is the time to prepare for kids of all ages to invade your doorstep!
Halloween is a time for kids to dress up in costume and go from doorstep to doorstep, collecting all their favorite candy. But how much is too much? Do you, as a parent, use this time as the exception to the rule on how much they can have? Or do you avoid it altogether? If you treat this as the exception to the rule, chances are the long-term effects are minimal. But this is key- limiting treats to special occasions can teach children a healthy sense of balance and understanding that these should be limited in consumption.
In recent years, food allergies have become more mainstream, and public awareness has continued to increase. Kids with severe food allergies may not have the same Halloween experience as other kids, but we can change that! The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement to raise awareness of food allergies and to create a safer, more inclusive Halloween for all trick or treaters on Halloween. By putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, you let kids know that your house is food allergy-friendly. One way to accomplish this is to hand out non-food items on Halloween (no, your house won’t get egged if you do this!). You can have both food and non-food options, and then everyone will be able to get a “treat” on your doorstep. Some great examples include:
If you love giving out food treats on Halloween, we encourage you to consider some of these options that are better alternatives (no artificial dyes, fewer preservatives, organic ingredients. etc.) to the typical Halloween candy:
Happy Trick-or-Treating to you and your loved ones!