It’s that time of the year again! Beloved Fall. Sweaters, booties, a chill in the air, and a pumpkin spiced latte in your hand. Unless, of course, you live in the South. In which case, you are sweating like Ross in his leather pants on that episode of Friends, and the only chill is in your heart - where you harbor deep, angry feelings about it being 95 degrees in October. I digress…
Fall festivals, trunk-or-treats, and Halloween are coming around the bend, along with my having to explain to my sweet, allergy-prone children why they can’t eat… like… anything in their trick-or-treat bag.
It seems like every kiddo is allergic to something these days -- whether it be peanuts, gluten, or, in my sons’ case -- dairy and soy. It certainly makes buying treats for this time of year a little tricky (see what I did there!? Man, I am so funny!)
But really, though -- allergies are no joke. Allergic reactions can range from immediate anaphylaxis (as in, a child’s throat closes up) to digestive issues, to (yes, I mean it) - death. Though some may think that parents are just being “dramatic,” I can assure you that none of us would choose this for our children. Birthdays and holidays are especially tough, for both having to watch my kiddos like a hawk to make sure they don’t eat something that could harm them, and also for doing my best to make sure that they don’t feel left out. As allergies are more and more common these days, offering an alternative to candy is a wonderful way to practice inclusion -- even if no one in your family has an allergy.
For these reasons, we’ve decided to provide non-candy treats for trick-or-treaters this year. We want every child who visits our home to leave with something they’re excited about.
Without further adieu, here are our Fave 5 Non-Candy/Allergy Friendly treats that you can pass out this year. What’s better? Most of these items are less expensive than candy - and all of them are on Amazon Prime! Already have your October treats handled? Bookmark this list for your next birthday party or class holiday - because none of them are themed. BOOM, y’all!
For those of you who enjoy a bit of nostalgia, might I recommend a good ‘ol fashioned slap bracelet? Or, if you really want to be the coolest mom on the block, the treat to END ALL TREATS is the glow stick bracelet. “Hey, Kevin? Where’d you get that super cool glow stick bracelet? I want one!” Good thing there are 100 in this pack, amiright?
5.) Little Slinkies
I am hesitant to say that I used to think slinkies were a lame toy. That was, until, I gave one to my kids and it kept them entertained for wayyyyy longer than I’d anticipated, bumping slinkies up the list of attention-keeping toys that don’t light up or make noise.
BONUS: Want an easy way to let trick-or-treaters (and their parents) know that you’re passing out non-food items? Put out a teal pumpkin!
Have any other non-candy treat ideas that you love? Share them in the comments below!