I am not the person to say that kids shouldn’t have candy and treats on Halloween. For me, that’s part of the fun. While we do talk a lot about moderation (and not making ourselves sick by eating too many sweets!), I don’t think healthy eating habits change just because of Halloween. I love to indulge too!
However, for children with allergies, options are more limited when they go door to door. That’s likely why the Teal Pumpkin Project has been getting more and more attention each year. Offering candy and non-food treats includes more children.
Also, there is only so much candy young kids (or people of any age need) so offering different, fun, non-candy options is a nice change. Not only can you do this on Halloween night, but for your Halloween party treats too! For example, the City of Ottawa Trick or Swim or Skate tickets are a neat alternative! I also found amazing deals at Michaels.
I was on CTV Ottawa Morning Live this morning to chat about this topic and offer a few ideas for parents who want to include more than the usual sweet treats on Halloween night.
What do you like to give out on Halloween night?