Running from house to house, ringing doorbells lit by the
flickering candelight of homemade Jack-o'-lanterns and experiencing
all the happy haunts the neighborhood has to offer is half the fun
of Halloween. Depleting the block of its candy stores is just an
That's our take on it since our son has severe food allergies.
Though we know we're not the only parents who squint and crinkle
candy wrappers to make sure we haven't missed even the tiniest
trace ingredient inside, tricking and treating can suddenly become
a lot less fun when you know you can't savor the spoils
Cosmotot's Witchin' Halloween Guide explores the best in treats
without tricks (aka: allergens) plus games with educational value
to get a little more out of the Halloween experience than just a
Thanks to Divvies, kids with food allergies (and even
those without them), can feast on just as much sweet loot as every
other princess, pirate, dragon, witch and fairy in the bunch. Their
gourmet snacks are dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free, egg free
and so yummy it's scary. Friendly-faced, semi-sweet dark chocolate
ghosts (known as Boo!! x 2), Halloween jellybeans, gummy Super
Stars, Speckled Jawbreakers, Rock Candy and more will be the talk
of the treat bags, but doling them out might be wise, since gourmet
this good doesn't come cheap.
If your child's school allows edible eats to be handed out on
Halloween, Enjoy Life Foods has a decent line up of
allergy-friendly, gluten- and casein-free foods, though we
(husband, kidlets and me) only liked their Snickerdoodles. Modeled
on the original cookie classic, they're topped with cinnamon sugar,
are soft and chewy, and best of all, don't contain artificial
There's much more to All Hallow's Eve than just edible goodies,
too. Playing games are a great way to get even the youngest kids
into the spooky spirit of things, and award-winning Wee Sing is the place to start. Their materials
have an educational focus, are packed with action songs,
singalongs, fingerplays, circle games and poems. The Halloween
compliation shares all the fun without being scary, and simple
recipes are included as an extra treat.
Toddlers can get into imaginative play with the Little People
Trick-or-Treat Surprise play set from Fisher-Price, particularly since it includes
their faves - lights, sounds, and friendly faces. Ring the doorbell
and a light turns on inside the house. Move the bat to hear music
and move a pop-up ghost. Three costumed figures and a chunky trike
add to the fun, as does the the house's double-sided play area that
folds easily when it's time for guys and ghouls to go to bed.
Older kids can join Scooby Doo and his friends on a mystery
reading adventure with the VTech Bugsby Reading System. An interactive,
bookworm-shaped pen lets kids hear the story read aloud or guides
them in honing their sleuthing skills with activities in reading
comprehension, phonics, sentence structure, word recognition and
more. Better yet, all Bugsby books include a software cartridge,
which means no downloading required.
Cosmotot does not accept pay for play. However, I do have a
working relationship with VTech and am their official social media
brand representative. Though this is not a paid placement, I do
receive compensation for my VTech role.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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