Help kids with nut allergies enjoy trick-or-treating a little more safely.

Food allergies are on the rise—and they have nearly doubled over the previous generation. If you break down the numbers, that's roughly two children in every classroom. This Halloween, we can prioritize including children with food allergies (and be a favorite treat giver-outer) with a few simple steps.

Meet the Teal Pumpkin Project! Started by FARE, this worldwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. It keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all! So paint a pumpkin teal and grab some non-food related treats to hand out. I'm a mom and pediatrician, and my family looks forward to this activity every Halloween.

Here are some quick ideas to get you started.

  • Nut-free candy: I like the candy brand Yum Earth for a nut-free treat option, which priorizes being free of the top eight allergens. (They are also free from gluten, milk, fish, shellfish, egg and soy with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial dyes.)
  • Glow sticks or bracelets: kids and parents love these for the added safety they bring while walking at night
  • Stickers and pencils: These can be used for weeks to come on fun art projects
  • Spider rings: These fun accessories add spookiness to any Halloween costume
  • Slinkies: Kids get endless entertainment from this classic toy
  • Bubbles: These can be used and enjoyed year round, and it's super easy to order in bulk from Amazon