Non-Candy Options for Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween

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Grocery stores and pharmacies begin devoting aisles to trick-or-treating booty for weeks before the 31st.  Approximately 600 million pounds of candy are sold in the U.S. each year for Halloween, with 90 million pounds of that being chocolate sold just during the week immediately preceding Halloween.  It has been reported that the average American eats 24 pounds of candy a year, and most of that is likely consumed right around this time.
Many parents are looking for some non-candy options for their children.  Some ideas can include fruit, nuts, and non-food items.  You can make several cute options to share such as: Cutie Pumpkins, Witches’ Hands, and Mandarin Cups.
There is also a project that is catching on through Social Media for children with allergies known as the Teal Pumpkin Project.  The Teal Pumpkin Project began its national campaign by the Food Allergy Research & Education in 2014 to raise awareness of food allergies and allow inclusion of all trick-or-treaters by offering alternative treats.  
There are many different ways that you can participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project:
– Go to the website WWW.FOODALLERGY.ORG/TEAL-PUMPKIN-PROJECT to take the pledge to help create a safer and happier Halloween for all
– Provide non-food treats for children and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home along with a printable sign from FARE to let others know that they that you have non-food treats available. 
You can also add your house to a crowd-sourced map so that others will know what house is participating. 
Non-food treat ideas include:
Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
Mini Slinkies
Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
Bouncy balls
Finger puppets or novelty toys
Spider rings
Vampire fangs
Mini notepads
Playing cards

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