4 Ways to Make Halloween Safer for Kids with Food Allergies

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Halloween is an exciting time of pumpkins, costumes, scary movies and trick-or-treating. But for parents of children with food allergies, treat or treating with is much scarier.  Halloween is the time that the major food allergens are in circulation, treats such as chews and chocolate can have soy, milk, eggs and possibly wheat.  Cross-contamination is also a concern for parents as a number of candies and chocolate are made with or processed around peanuts and tree nuts.

Here are four ways to make sure Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable holiday for all!

  1. Look for Teal pumpkins. The Teal Pumpkin Project is an initiative on behalf of the non-profit organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) with the intent of “creating a safer, happier Halloween” for all children.  If you see a teal pumpkin outside a house it means that house is offering non-food treats as an alternative to candy. Know your ingredients. Make sure the ingredients are listed on each piece of candy – this can make parents be sure that the treat is safe for their child, minimizing the risk that comes with assumption. Offer non-food treats! Items such as glow sticker, stickers, pencils, bouncy balls are all loved by kids. Their dentist will love you too!
  2. Check all the candy before eating. Unfortunately, in the day we live in, it is important to inspect all candies given to your child. If anything doesn’t look quite right, toss it out. This is very important for children with allergies. I have often kept a pocket full of candies which I have given to my child while trick-or-treating.
  3. Offer non-food treats! Items such as glow sticker, stickers, pencils, bouncy balls are all loved by kids. Their dentist will love you too!
  4. Check all the candy before eating. Unfortunately, in the day we live in, it is important to inspect all candies given to your child. If anything doesn’t look quite right, toss it out. This is very important for children with allergies. I have often kept a pocket full of candies which I have given to my child while trick-or-treating.

 

 

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