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Making Halloween as inclusive as possible goes beyond common allergy free treats. Here are three ways to help make the holiday fun for all kids.
I prefer offering a choice of treats. This year, I’ll be handing out multi-colored skull erasers and some spider rings with a big fake jewel on them as well as some candy that says it’s free of gluten and peanuts. That way, kids who like and can have candy have the option to grab it and those who can’t will also get a goody.
Go Candy Free
You can also go completely candy free. I did last year, and the kids were still very happy with the toys. When I trick or treated years ago, I remember getting toothbrushes from one house, which was a bit of a disappointment, but hey, I guess dental health is important.
I’ve also heard of people handing out boxes of raisins and other healthy alternatives. That wouldn’t be my choice, but to each their own.
However, if you do decide to hand out healthy foods instead of candy, it’s a good idea to find things that are individually packaged instead of things like fruit or home-cooked treats. Cautious parents who sort through their kids’ haul before letting them have any would have no idea of what was in the treats and might just throw them away.
I also suggest registering with the Teal Pumpkin Project if you do plan on offering the option, or plan on handing out only toys.
Regardless of what you choose to hand out, have patience for kids who have trouble with the whole trick-or-treat routine. Some may be non-verbal, having some sensory problems or may feel overwhelmed at the night itself. These are the kids who might just take a little longer in picking a treat, don’t say “trick-or-treat” or aren’t wearing an obvious costume.
Then again, if you’re in a colder climate, most costumes are usually covered by winter coats by the time October 31st rolls around, anyway, so it’s not always easy to see the costumes anyway.
It’s always best to be patient with the trick-or-treaters if you hand out goodies that night. Halloween’s for everyone, so why not help everyone enjoy it?