What those teal pumpkins mean, plus non-candy treats to pass out on Halloween

Handing out non-food treats this Halloween means kids with severe food allergies can trick-or-treat just like everyone else. Teal pumpkins are a symbol of this movement. (Photo: EvgeniiAnd, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

This guide to non-candy treats for Halloween isn’t about taking a stand against sugar.

Not at all. Toothbrushes, apples and floss are still considered lame.

This is about giving kids with serious food allergies a chance to feel just like every other trick-or-treater on the special night.

The Teal Pumpkin Project (teal is the color of food allergy awareness) started in America in 2014 and is promoted by the Food Allergy Research and Education organization.

Every Halloween since, more and more teal pumpkins have popped up around the country. People place them outside their house to show they have treats other than candy. Kids with allergies carry teal-colored buckets from house to house. There are even teal signs you can buy to let kids know it’s OK to ask for a “trinket instead of a treat.”

If a trick-or-treater carrying a teal pumpkin bucket shows up at your door this Halloween, it means he or she has a food allergy. Consider having a stash of non-food treats like vampire fangs or bouncy balls to hand out. (Photo: EvgeniiAnd, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

But we know that for all the fun Halloween is for kids, it’s just as stressful for parents to pull off. It can be a lot to have two sets of goodies – one candy and one not – to hand out.

So, we prepared a guide to non-candy treats you can pass out to everyone this year. All items on our guide are $20 or less, which is about the price of a mega-sized bag of fun-sized candy.

You can also look for goodies at the dollar store and in the dollar bins at retailers like Target and Walmart.

Glow-in-the-dark vampire fangs

You can hand out vampire fang toys to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kids will love pretending to be Dracula with these toys.

Halloween bouncing balls             

Miniature balls emblazoned with ghosts, spiders, black cats and jack-o-lanterns.

Glow-in-the-dark bouncing balls

Isn’t everything cooler when it glows after the lights are out? These sure are.

Glow sticks

Glow sticks are good alternatives to candy this Halloween. (Photo: DuncanL, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

These ever-popular, ever-inexpensive toys are beloved by kids everywhere.

Jack-O-Lantern spring coils

Tiny slinky toys look like jack-o-lanterns.

Slap bracelets

The fun of these accessories never goes out of style when you’re a kid.

Halloween stamps

Stamps with jack-o-lanterns or ghosts are good alternatives to candy this Halloween. (Photo: Getty Images)

Let kids decorate with tiny stamps featuring witches hats, bats and other Halloween-y things.

LED light accessories

Take glow-in-the-dark to the next level with LED light toys.

A little bit of everything: 100-piece assortment

This mixed bag of goodies comes with vampire teeth, witch’s fingers, slinkies, stamps, rings and other trinkets.

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