And then I got to the end of the message.
Also, please make sure none of the treats include peanuts (SEVERE peanut allergy) and 2 kids are gluten free!
Wow. That moment gave me pause. Because while I've learned to adjust to my child's friends' food allergies in real life (play dates, parties, etc.), I had no idea what to do in a classroom setting. And it was even made worse by a school rule that said no homemade treats.
At one of our local stores, I scoured product after product for ideas that might satisfy both requirements. I learned quickly that there is no labeling standard for nut-free or gluten-free products. I even asked a store employee, who asked two other employees for ideas. They just looked at me sadly.
If you're in the position of searching for last-minute party bag treats as I was, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Gluten-free candies: A list of many gluten-free and gluten-friendly candies. So apparently not all candy is off the list.
- Non-food items: Personally, I'm opposed to spider rings, stickers, plastic toys and any other item that can clutter up my home. But think about pencils, glow sticks for trick or treating, Play Dough or other ideas.
- Carmel apples
- Mandarin orange fruit cups decorated with a jack-o-lantern face on the top.
- Rice Krispy Treats
- Popcorn balls
- Clementines decorated as a jack-o-lantern
- Grape "Eyeballs"