Trick-or-treat is a beloved holiday activities families, but it can also be dangerous for children with food allergies. On average, two students in each classroom in America have some kind of food allergy. 40 percent of those have experienced a severe allergic reaction. The Teal Pumpkin Project provides a very easy way for anyone to get involved to ensure a safe trick-or-treat night that is inclusive of everyone. It is better for teeth as well, so dentists give it a thumbs-up.
Ideas for allergy-safe trick-or-treat
Consider handing out small non-food items at your house this Halloween. Children with food allergies will be appreciative of the gesture. Actually, finding a unique treat at your house will be a fun surprise for all of your trick-or-treat guests – even those without allergies. Here are a few ideas for items you can hand out:
Glow items – glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces
Small toys – whistles, bouncy balls, finger puppets
Creative supplies – pencils, crayons, cute erasers, stickers
Show your support for the Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project raises awareness of food allergies and promoted inclusion of all children during the holiday fun. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your house on Halloween, and have a bowl of small, safe items on hand. A teal pumpkin on your doorstep tells children and their parents that you have non-food treats available. You can add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project online map as well.
Better candy options for trick-or-treat
It is totally okay to have some candy available for the children who ring your doorbell on Halloween night. Just be aware of the potential for allergies and keep non-food items in a separate bowl than candy. Chocolate is one of the best choices of Halloween candy when it comes to oral health because it rinses off the teeth more easily than other candies. Anything very sticky, like caramels and gummy candy, are really not a favorite of dentists. They cling to teeth for a longer period of time.
Everyone at Capital City Pediatric Dentistry wishes you a safe an enjoyable Halloween! It is fine to allow some sugary treats, but always remind the kids to brush well and floss every night.