Wednesday, October 26, 2016

{Gluten and Dairy Free} Allergy Friendly Halloween Non-candy and Non-food Treats

Do you have a child with food allergies/intolerances? Are you sick of kids having two tons of candy around the house this time of the year? Here are some other ideas. You can buy the snack size ziploc bags and make your own individual packs of many things! Stay tuned tomorrow for a list of gluten and dairy free candy as well as tips for how to make this holiday work with food allergies (and recipes!)
photo from $5 dinners
Allergy-friendly non-candy treat ideas
  • Glutino cereal bars
  • Enjoy life granola bars
  • snack packets of dried fruit,gluten free pretzels, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • trail mix (my favorite is gfree pretzels, raisins and Enjoy life chocolate chips)
  • gluten free beef or turkey jerky
  • gluten free cereal
  • raisins 
  • sugar-free breakfast cookies from Dandelions on the Wall
  • gum
  • fruit snack
  • individual juice drinks (100% juice)
  • Jello with fruit
  • applesauce
  • bag of popcorn
  • apple cider packets
  • individual packs of peaches
  • individual packs of olives
  • no bake energy bites from $5 Dinners has these great non-food Halloween treat ideas.
Non-food Treats: Children also will enjoy non-food treats** like the items typically given in birthday goodie bags.
  • small toys and pocket-sized games
  • glow sticks
  • costume jewelry (plastic rings, necklaces and bracelets)
  • funny Halloween glasses
  • false teeth
  • miniature magnifying glasses
  • tiny decks of cards
  • small stuffed animals
  • pencils
  • pencil toppers and fancy erasers
  • markers
  • stickers, including reflective safety stickers
  • rub-on or stick-on temporary tattoos
  • bookmarks
  • crayons
  • coloring tablets
  • paint brushes
  • pages from coloring books
  • children's magazines or comic books
  • bottles of bubbles
  • coins (pennies, nickels, dimes)
  • fake money
  • whistles
  • toothbrushes
  • used books
  • coupons from a yogurt store or juice bar
**Some treats fit all ages, but small items should be limited to kids over age three.
Treats to Promote Activity: Encourage kids to be more physically active by giving small, inexpensive toys to get them up and moving.
  • a bouncy ball
  • a jump rope
  • sidewalk chalk for drawing a hopscotch or foursquare game
  • a beanbag for hacky sack
  • a plastic or foam flier

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