It’s that time of year again where the holiday season is here; the last few months of the year are full of activities, family gatherings, parties, and food – especially sweets – seem to be the center of every get-together.
Some children are especially sensitive to dyes, sugar and artificial ingredients (we should learn a lesson from these kids and adjust our diets, eliminating these things is the healthier way to go!). It can definitely feel isolating to be left out of more fun treats when you have food sensitivities, but there are alternatives that you can try that are healthier options and just as fun and festive on Halloween to eat!
Try these Bite-Sized Eyeballs from Women’s Day Magazine Online. Don’t worry, they may look creepy, but they are just delicious cheesy pastry puffs decorated to look like eyeballs, and they only have a few ingredients: butter, flour, eggs, and cheese. You can modify or substitute ingredients if there are allergens present in ingredients. Then, make each pair come alive for Halloween with slices of cucumber and olive, and squiggles of tasty Sriracha or ketchup.
For a ghostly dessert, try these yummy mummy banana popsicles from Well Plated. They are a great choice for a cute Halloween-themed dessert or frozen snack and they are simple enough to pass for a fun craft idea, too! The recipe is modified from dipping the bananas in white chocolate to Greek yogurt for a healthier option. This calls for drizzling the popsicles with peanut butter for that “mummy” effect, but if your kiddo has a peanut allergy, you can drizzle with dark chocolate, or another nut butter of your choice. This is such a cool idea that we thought we’d share – it would be a great snack to bring for that class Halloween party as well!
If you are looking for some Halloween treats that are a good substitute and a healthier alternative that you don’t have to prepare, try some of the following:
Theo Chocolate Salted Almond Butter Cups in Dark Chocolate
This is a relatively healthy nut butter cup and a better alternative to a Reece’s cup because you can recognize and pronounce all the ingredients it’s made from. It’s Organic, soy free and palm free, and it’s made with almond butter – you can get it on Amazon.
Seitenbacher Happy Fruits in Passionfruit
These gummies infused with passionfruit are gluten-free, 100% vegan, contain no gelatin or refined sugar, and they are made with real fruit juice, and also a good source of fiber – definitely a healthier option but taste just as good! You can find them on Amazon.
UNREAL Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems
Crispy quinoa covered in smooth dark chocolate! These miniature “gems” get their bright colors from natural ingredients like beets, turmeric, hibiscus, and cabbage – no artificial coloring here. They are also a good source of fiber. Pick them up on Amazon.
If you have any other fun Halloween treats you’d like to share, tag us on social media! We’d love to hear your ideas. And if you try any of the recipes above, post them and let us know how they turned out.
The Teal Pumpkin Project
Don’t forget about the Teal Pumpkin Project this year on Halloween! This is especially important if your child has severe food allergies. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.
Here is how you can get involved:
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters .
- Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate that you have non-food treats available.
- Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map.
- Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family.
Here are some ideas for non-food treats you can provide this year:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons, or markers
- Bubbles, coins, playing cards
- Spider rings or vampire teeth
- Erasers, stickers, stencils, mini notepads, or bookmarks
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Finger puppets, mini slinkies, bouncy balls, or other small toys
Here are some free resources like signs, posters and activities from FoodAllergy.org to help you make the most of this year’s Teal Pumpkin Project.
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Local Events & Resources
Howl-o-ween Family Sleepover (ages 5+ with an adult)
Saturday, October 20th 6:00 PM – 10 AM Sunday, October 21st
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo / Business Office Building
1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
Enjoy the thrill of the zoo after dark. During your adventure, learn the about animals through Halloween-themed activities, games, live animal encounters, and night tours. Your adventure includes Trick-or-Treat stations, a late-night snack, and hot breakfast the next morning that includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, and more!
Bring your own tent to tent camp in the Crooked House Meadow, or sleep indoors inside the Learning LODGE classroom. Fee is for each individual participant. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please contact the Zoo Education Department if you have any questions regarding registration for this event.
**Last day for internet registration is October 18, 2018 5pm
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 6pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am – 7pm
Petting zoo & pony rides available weekends only, 10am – 4pm
Santa Teresa Boulevard at Baily Avenue, San Jose CA 95141
This pumpkin patch is much more than that, with a train that lets you tour the whole farm before you decide on which pumpkin to take home, this farm offers plenty of options, with more than 60 styles of pumpkins available! Visit on the weekend and you can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo. On week days there is a $10 unlimited read and ride pass, which includes story time in the pumpkin patch and unlimited hay rides, train rides, and barrel train rides. They also have a picnic area to enjoy a packed lunch. Stayed longer than you anticipated and forgot snacks? Don’t worry! There’s a snack shack with loads of treats!
Fees: Admission & Parking, free | Hay/barrel/train rides, $3 per ride | Unlimited read & ride pass, $10 on weekdays
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