If you live in a kid-friendly area, you know that, come October 31, plenty of ghosts and goblins will be knocking on your door. It’s time to start your Halloween shopping list, which is sure to include a lot of candy for your trick-or-treaters. Before you hit the store, we want to offer some great suggestions for neighborhood kids who may have special dietary restrictions, so you can be prepared for whoever comes knocking!
This list contains candies that do not contain gluten or any of the top 8 allergens (wheat, milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish) but are still found in your regular grocery store! To let trick-or-treaters know you’re house is allergy safe, paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your front porch! The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 by Food Allergy & Research Education to raise awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. You can learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and how to participate online!
- Hot Tamales
- Jolly Ranchers
- Mike and Ike
- Ring Pops
- Push Pops
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
Another alternative to candy that is mostly allergen friendly is marshmallows. If you have some extra time, or you need to send in a treat for a classroom party, check out directions for “ghost poop.”
While Halloween is many children’s favorite holiday, parents always appreciate a healthy alternative some neighbors pass out in lieu of candy. Here are a couple alternatives we suggest that keep things fun for your trick-or-treaters and will make you a neighborhood favorite with the parents! Don’t worry, there are no toothbrushes or dental floss on this list:
- Mini-bags of Popcorn (A Flourish office favorite is Boom-Chick-Pop, which comes in natural salt and kettle corn flavors)
- Rice Crispy Squares (Pre-packaged or homemade)
- Welch’s Fruit Snacks (Also allergen friendly!)
- Trail Mix (We love this Scarecow Crunch recipe)
- You can really mix things up by giving out non-food treats like glow sticks, temporary tattoos, bouncy balls or bubbles!
Whatever your Halloween plans are, Flourish wishes you a spooktacular night!
How our clients are celebrating Halloween:
- Have you seen Coldwell Banker Caine’s Halloween TV commercial? Let us know what you think!
- Priority One Security release their best safety tips for Halloween night.
- Need a tasty treat to serve friends while they’re over for a Halloween Party or to help pass out candy? Carolina Girl Cook’s Jennifer Glover whipped up this Black Widow Cheese Ball during her Studio 62 segment earlier this month.