Holidays can be especially tricky for families with food allergies. We want our children to experience the same traditions as other children, but so many traditions are based on food. Of course there is much ado about candy on Halloween! This post isn’t geared towards families with food allergies, but to my readers who are interested to learn one or two easy things they can do to make Halloween a little safer for kiddos with food allergies.
Here are three tips to make your house a food allergy-friendly stop-on-the-block:
1. Hold the chocolate. Add some non-chocolate, non-peanut treats to your bowl. Nearly all chocolate treats on the market are made on equipment shared with peanuts (and are unsafe for those with milk allergy). Take a look at the non-chocolate options – such as Dum Dum suckers, Laffy Taffy and (my favorite) Smarties. Angie’s Kettle Corn has a new Halloween Snack Pack at Target this year. All of these treats are milk, egg, peanut and tree nut free and made on safe equipment (from what I can tell from the labels).
2. Mix it up! Add some non-food treats in with your candy, such as Halloween-themed pencils, notepads, stickers, goofy eyeball erasers or spider rings. These pencils and notepads are still around a year later and getting used by my kiddos. I love these options and wish more houses had them!
3. Let the child choose. Most of us don’t think twice about selecting a treat or two for kids at the door. But kids with food allergies really appreciate it when you hold the bowl out for them to choose. They (or their parents) can quickly spot treats that are safe for them. That small gesture can really go a long way for families with food allergies navigating this tricky holiday.
These three tips are pretty easy to work into your Halloween tradition if you want to help make Halloween safer for little ones with food allergies. The last I heard nearly 1 in 13 little ones have food allergies these days – I can pretty much guarantee some of them will be stopping at your house!
What other tips do you have for making Halloween safe for children with food allergies? If you have a child with food allergies, please share what helps your child at Halloween.
Disclosure – I received a free sample of the Angie’s Kettle Corn Halloween Snack Pack. I’m so glad they reached out to me, as we hadn’t tried that snack before and I had no idea it was made with safe ingredients on safe equipment (for us). Love that they have mini-packs for Halloween! I purchased all the other candies listed here, photographed them and will be giving them out on Halloween.
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