Anyone with an ounce of commonsense knows it’s not a good idea for kids to overdose on Halloween candy. Empty calories. Bad for the teeth. Way too much sugar. But this doesn’t stop the annual ritual of filling bags or plastic pumpkins with all kinds of colorful, junky treats.
Beyond these basic concerns, many Latitudes readers worry that synthetic additives in the candies can negatively, and sometimes seriously, affect their children’s health and behavior. Since the majority of candies are loaded with artificial colors and flavors, what’s a parent to do? (Find a link here to order additive-free treats.)
However, if you add food intolerance or allergies to the mix, Halloween can totally turn from fun to dreadful. This article gives you the steps you need to participate in the Teal Pumpkin effort that helps kids with allergies or special diets take part in trick-or-treating. Find the information you need to participate in the Teal Pumpkin project, offering non-food items for kids with allergies or special diets. And lots of other great ideas!