Halloween can be a scary time of year for kids. But, if you’re a parent of a child with food allergies, the scariest part is the holiday treats. Whether it’s baked goods or the candy loot brought in from trick-or-treating, food is a large part of Halloween. Sadly, kids who have food allergies often can’t enjoy the same treats. Every child should be able to experience the joy of Halloween.
Here are a few ways you can allergy-proof treats and have a safe Halloween.
1. Swap candy for toys
Go non-food for trick or treaters and school parties. Buying Halloween-themed pencils, stickers and erasers are great alternatives to candy.
2. Avoid Homemade treats
It is safer to buy baked goods from the store, this will lower the chances of cross contamination or hidden allergens.
3. Read labels carefully
Holiday candy can have hidden ingredients. Just because the label says it doesn’t contain the usual suspects, milk, soy, wheat, nuts, or peanuts, it can still cause an allergic reaction.
4. Swap treats with Fruits and Veggies
If you have to bring food to a holiday party, get creative with fruits and vegetables. This healthier option can be fun for kids. Try cutting the fruit and veggies into Halloween-themed shapes.
5. B.Y.O.P (Bring Your Own Pumpkin)
If you take your kids trick-or-treating, bring your own pumpkin. Fill it with safe treats and emergency epinephrine. If your child has asthma, don’t forget to pack their inhaler.
6. Start a new tradition
You don’t have to trick-or-treat. Instead, introduce a new tradition like playing games or have an allergy-proof Halloween party.
7. Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project wants to help kids with food allergies. It asks parents to place a teal pumpkin outside the door if they’re offering non-food treats. Learn more.
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for parents. If you aren’t sure if your child has a food allergy, bring them to Premier Medical for an allergy test. Use these to tips to have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween everyone!