It’s hard to believe we are already looking for Halloween costumes. I always have the best intention of buying my son’s costumes early. Discussions begin casually about six weeks out, eventually becoming more panicky the closer we get. This year it is a little bittersweet because I know that at age 9, he is just about to turn the corner into wearing a flannel, ripped jeans, and a painted-on beard and then running around the neighborhood pretending to be a hobo with just a pillowcase for his haul.
With Halloween comes the opportunity to join in the Teal Pumpkin Project, offering non-food treats to children as an alternative to all that candy. We are happy to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project again this year, offering treats that all kids can use.* We’ve proudly displayed our teal pumpkin on our doorstep and printed off a sign to give our neighborhood kids, and their parents, a little explanation both about the pumpkin and our non-food treats.
Last year we gave out glow in the dark lip whistles and glow in the dark bouncy balls. They were such a hit that we’re filling our treat bowl up with them again this year. Prepare ye the way for the whistle.
Glow in the dark anything is a great option for a non-food treat. If you do decide to go the glow route, be sure to “charge” up the items you’re giving away so they do glow for your trick-or-treaters.
Other fun glow in the dark options include spider rings, Halloween rubber duckies, and tattoos. My favorite find this year is these cool LED flashing rings, which put a full-sized candy bar to shame any day.
Knowing not everyone would want a glow in the dark option, I found a few other non-food treat options to delight the littles: playdough (keeping wheat allergies in mind though!), slinkies, Halloween crayons, these cute little monster bendables (I kind of want one), or a regular assortment of novelty toys.
What will you pass out for Halloween? Please share your non-food treat items with us in the comments!
*We can’t forget those with latex allergies, so when you are looking at your non-food treats, try to keep latex in mind!
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