Practical Parenting Ideas: Teal Pumpkin Project & 31 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

Monday, October 20, 2014

Teal Pumpkin Project & 31 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

In the past parents of kids with food allergies had to be very careful Trick-or-Treating to make sure their child didn't get something into his mouth that would lead to a trip to the emergency room. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is hoping to make a change with The Teal Pumpkin Project by encouraging the community to provide non-food treats to trick or treaters with allergies. Families that would like to participate should place a teal-painted pumpkin (the color of food allergy awareness) outside their door along with this printable teal pumpkin poster.

Some candy is safe for many kids with allergies; these treats are free of the top-8 allergens: Dum Dums, Skittles, Smarties, and Starbursts. If you decide not to participate in the project, at the very least it would be a good idea to have these treats available. You can ask parents with kids of known food allergies if they can have these candies. 

31 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

There are plenty of non-candy Halloween goodies available at local dollar stores, party stores, grocery stores, and online sites like Amazon. Alternative Halloween goodies can be fun even for the sugar-craving kid!

$4 worth of non-candy Halloween goodies. Photo credit:
  1. Halloween stickers
  2. Temporary tattoos
  3. Pencils or pens
  4. Spider rings
  5. Erasers
  6. Squinkies
  7. Sticky hands
  8. Glow stick bracelets
  9. Bubbles
  10. Mini key chains
  11. Toy cars
  12. Silly bandz
  13. Crayons
  14. Coins
  15. Balloons
  16. Stencils
  17. Spinning tops
  18. Collectible cards
  19. Plastic bracelets/necklaces
  20. Mini Slinkies
  21. Noisemakers
  22. Finger puppets
  23. Small animals
  24. Mini notepads
  26. Chalk
  27. Hair accessories
  28. Mini water guns
  29. Action figures
  30. Rubber bracelets
  31. Playing cards


  1. Great ideas! We've been doing glow stick brackets for years! All ages (even the teenagers) get a kick out of them!

    1. That's really cool, we're excited to give them out, too!