Halloween is upon us – treats can get tricky. From parties to trick-or-treating – the thought of dodging all those potential allergens is a little overwhelming. Here are some things we are planning to make Halloween the best one ever…
- Try to be there during the party to help your child navigate allergy food or activities.
- Bring treats to parties are safe for everyone like fruit or veggies cut in fun shapes, caramel corn, or allergy free baked goods like mini pumpkin muffins.
- Give out non-candy items and encourage those at school and parties also – pencils, erasers, books, little airplanes, parachute men, skull rings, vampire teeth, silly bands… Some parents go so far as to provide non-candy treats to neighbors and friends you know your child will be visiting.
- Put out your teal pumpkin. Find out more at http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project
- Make sure an EpiPen or other medication is close at hand at all times.
- Coach your child not to eat anything without you checking it first.
- Plan ahead with your child to do a candy swap of some sort – trade their candy for money, non-food treats, or allergy safe candies. Our kids trade trick-or-treat candy for money – they are dedicated, happy and rich little trick-or-treaters by the end of the night!
- Raise money for FAAN while trick-or-treating by joining their Trick-or-Treat for Food Allergy program.
- Plan an allergy friendly activity like decorating allergy friendly sugar cookies or cupcakes – we’re planning on making scary cookies at a family gathering.
- Make sure costumes and make-up don’t conceal allergy symptoms.
- Never let them eat home-made goodies. This is a good tip for anyone.
- Enlist friends and family to keep a look-out for your child – small children can easily put something in their mouths.
- When in doubt, throw it out.
With a little planning, Halloween can be a really fun day full of memories that will last a lifetime. Be safe and have fun everyone!