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Halloween is a fun holiday for families, but it can also be dangerous for kids with food allergies. About 1 in 13 children in America have food allergies and 40 percent of those have experienced a severe allergic reaction. Halloween is the perfect time for every child to feel included, and the Teal Pumpkin Project provides a very easy way for anyone to get involved.

Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your house on Halloween, and have a bowl of small, safe items on hand. You can add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project online map as well.

Ideas for an allergy-safe Halloween at your house

In addition to being allergy-safe, small toy items are also better for children’s teeth than sticky, sugary candy. Finding a unique treat at your house will be a fun surprise for your trick-or-treaters as well. Here are several ideas for items children will enjoy:

Creative supplies – pencils, crayons, cute erasers, stickers

Glow items – glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces

Monster fun – spider rings, vampire fangs, creature temporary tattoos

Small toys – whistles, bouncy balls, finger puppets

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. Did you know that chocolate is one of the best choices of Halloween candy when it comes to oral health? Chocolate rinses off the teeth more easily than other candies. Dark chocolate treats have less sugar than milk chocolate and other properties for good health – including a chemical that reduces bad breath. Sugar free gum is another acceptable option because chewing gum between meals helps to keep the teeth clean in between brushing. Anything very sticky, like caramels and gummy candy, are really not a favorite of dentists.

Our pediatric dentists say that holiday candy is fine in moderation, as long as you remind your kids to brush well and floss their teeth each night. Have a safe an enjoyable Halloween!