Halloween is a particularly tricky time for kids with food allergies. I’m always amazed at how many houses give out treats laden with peanuts, tree nuts and other common allergens. Although my son understands that he can get a safe treat from me when the house treat is a no-go, it’s hard not to be disappointed for him. Holidays routinely make kids with food allergies feel left out and Halloween is the king among them.
There ARE a few things you can do to make this Halloween safe and pure fun:
1. Carry a variety of safe treats for your child to choose from so that he/she can get a replacement treat when the neighbor’s doesn’t cut it;
2. Always carry your epinephrine while you trick or treat and remind your child NOT to eat any candy until you get home to ensure its safety;
3. Don’t forget to read the labels of even candy you know to be safe. When miniaturized, manufacturers often use shared equipment that isn’t a problem at the candy’s regular size package. Read, read and re-read;
4. Always carry your cell phone. In addition to taking adorable shots of your kids sprinting from house to house, you may want to have it with you in the unlikely event that a reaction occurs.
And, look for houses with TEAL PUMPKINS. The non-profit Food Allergy Research Education (FARE) is encouraging families who are offering non-food treats to place a teal pumpkin on their doorstep to let kids with food allergies know that they can safely trick or treat at your house. Read more about the Teal Pumpkin Project here.
In that vein, here are some great non-food options to offer. Order today so that they’ll arrive before Halloween!
Glow in the Dark Vampire Teeth
Mini cans of Play-Doh
Head Boppers (remember these, parents?!! Flashback!)
Creepy Glow Fingers
Zombie Eye Patches
Happy Haunting, everyone!