Halloween is just two and a half weeks away! I love this holiday. The creepy decorations, the
|I may have gotten carried away with the glitter.|
costumes, the excuse to play, the lore and everything else is my idea of fun. I also enjoy handing candy out to the neighborhood kids.
That said, not all kids can have candy. Some have deadly allergies, while many on the ASD spectrum may have powerful taste aversions, F-PIES or other digestive problems, and young diabetics need to be very careful about how much sugar they eat.
Unfortunately, candy has become a huge part of the day. Most households only have sweets on hand for the kids, which means that while kids with special needs may be able to take part in dressing up, they can’t have the treats given to them.
That’s why I’ve decided to offer toys alongside candy. I had actually done that a couple of years back, since I had a few smiley face puzzles that I had nothing else to do with. Oddly enough, the kids were more excited by the toys than the sugary treats, and the puzzles were gone in a flash.
With that in mind, I headed out to the local Target to see what kinds of toys they had to offer. There was actually a decent selection, but since I didn’t want to turn off kids who didn’t like the feel of sticky or squishy things, I went with the glow in the dark rubber duckies, mini-pads of paper and bouncy balls in the picture.
I also picked a decorative pumpkin up to paint blue as a signal for parents who know the blue pumpkin signals allergy-safe treats.
Why not join me? Help include kids with ASD, food allergies and other conditions that prevent them from enjoying candy by giving your local trick-or-treaters the option of a toy.