Allergy Free Treats For Halloween

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Who doesn’t love Halloween? The fabulous costumes, parties, tasty treats, and all the fun, spooky decorations and scary movies that are meant to entertain and playfully frighten are loads of fun for both adults and children.

Unfortunately when you are a parent of a child with a food allergy Halloween becomes more scary than fun. With nearlytealpump 6 million children believed to have food allergies (www.foodallergy.org), the chances are pretty high at least one of the little goblins, witches, or Elsa’s that ring your bell on Halloween night will have a food allergy. This year a new initiative, The Teal Pumpkin Project is trying to protect children with food allergies by using a teal colored pumpkin to indicate a house has a non food or allergy free treat available.

Whether you choose to paint a pumpkin teal or not, it takes very little effort to make Halloween safer for children who have a food allergy. There is no reason to get fancy or order expensive gourmet candy on line. Plenty of candies found at the store are safe and are sure to satisfy any princess or ninja turtle. If your favorite treat to offer is not allergy free (peanut butter cups, anyone?) consider offering two choices, one allergy free and one that is not.Allergy Free Halloween Treat Ideas

Nut Free Halloween Treats (many of which are dairy and egg free):

**Always check labels for potential allergens in case recipes change**

  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Hersey Kisses (Plain Chocolate ones) Check labels of special flavors*
  • Junior Mints
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars – most are safe BUT check labels!!hersheys
  • dum dums
  • Charms
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Skittles
  • Starburst
  • Jolly Ranchers hard candies and jelly beans
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Sour Patch KidsSour Patch Kids
  • Lifesavers
  • Mike and Ikes
  • Twizzlers
  • Rolos

Gluten Free Halloween Treats

**always check labels!!**

  • Sweet Tartsannies_bunny_fruit
  • Nerds
  • Mike and Ikes
  • Jolly Ranchers hard candies and jelly beans
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Swedish fish
  • Lifesavers
  • many Hershey chocolate products are gluten free BUT check labels!
  • Annie’s organic bunny fruit snacks

Non-Food Treats

** Please no pencils, seriously how many pencils does a kid need : )?

  • stickers
  • temporary tattoos
  • sidewalk chalk
  • bubbles
  • *play doh* this may not be safe for children with wheat allergies

Adivce for Parents of Children with a Food Allergy:

It makes me sad when I read about children who do not get to participate on Halloween. Our first Halloween after finding out about my son’s food allergy was pretty nerve wrecking. I did not want him to miss out on any of the Halloween fun but I dreaded having to take away so much of his candy at the end of the night. So he does not have to miss out on anything, I have found a few ways to make Halloween safe enough that he can enjoy the fun without risking an allergic reaction.

  • Fortunately, most kids who have a food allergy do not want the food they are allergic to; it may smell bad no peanutsto them, make their tongue and, or nose burn, and just be unappealing to them in general. I started the tradition of having a bag of allergy free candy for my son to replace the candy he can not eat. He knows this candy is waiting for him at the end of the night so he does not get upset when he receives candy he can not eat.
  • I carry a few pieces of allergy free candy in my pocket while trick or treating so when his friends start digging into candy on their travels, I can give him some safe candy to eat along with them.
  • The most important thing you can do is educate your child on his food allergy. At four years old my son was very aware of his allergy and knew he could not eat certain foods. When he goes to a door that has an obvious peanut product, he will not even take it. He knows not to eat anything without asking an adult and he is aware that others may be eating candy he is allergic to so he does not grab peoples hands or share their candy.
  • Obviously always have your epi pen and/ or whatever other medicine is necessary should your child be exposed to an allergen – BUT keep calm because you most likely will not need it!
  • Remember, Halloween is about so much more than candy. The fun times had with friends, the thrill of getting to pretend to be someone or something else for one night, and getting to stay out later than usual, are all equally as exciting for kids, probably even more so than the candy. Make Halloween about the whole experience and the candy will become less important. 084

For more ideas on allergy free candies and treats check out the following websites:

  • www.divvies.com
  • www.atasteofhome.com
  • www.allergysf.com/safety/candy
  • www.surefoodsliving.com

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