27 October 2010

Website offers Halloween help for trick-or-treaters on restricted diets

Halloween is nearly here and it's not easy to escape it. With dressing up and trick-or-treating, it's an exciting time for children but it can also be a difficult one if your child is on a restricted diet. For example, candy often contains ingredients like gelatine, which is really animal bones and cartilage all boiled up together, and carmine, which is made from crushed insects. Neither of these fit in with a vegetarian or vegan diet and there are other concerns for parents of children with nut and dairy intollerances or other types of dietary restriction. Many of these children may in the past have been forced to miss out on the holiday fun but a new website is seeking to change all that!

NoTrickTreats.com allows homes that will be offering candy suitable for special diets to mark themselves on a map, indicating whether their treats will be suitable for vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, diabetic, organic, raw or kosher diets. The website also lets trick-or-treaters access a custom map of their area, showing only the houses which will be giving out Halloween goodies suitable for them.

The site is easy to use, covers the whole of the United States, and also lists a number of websites which sell speciality candy online. It's early days yet as the site has only been online for a short time but word is spreading fast and No Trick Treats looks set to become a valuable resource for both children and parents, ensuring that nobody need be excluded from enjoying Halloween activities.

Rolanda Ware | @evolvecampaigns
Rolanda is one of the directors of EVOLVE! Campaigns, a UK based campaigning organization which focuses on vegan education. Follow Rolanda on EVOLVE! Campaigns and Facebook.

Photo credit: No Trick Treats