Halloween is such a fun time of year for children. However, a few years ago, I was so scared Cora was going to miss out on all the fun. Cora who was then 2.5 years old, was allergic to everything – nuts, wheat, milk, soy, and eggs. I had to put on my special “mom” hat and research about candy & food allergies. Lucky for me, she has since out-grown her food allergies (Praise Jesus), and we can trick-or-treat alot easier.
I wanted to share a little about what I learned about food allergies & keeping little ones safe on Halloween.
Read all the Labels – Always read product labels to make sure treats are safe for your family. Some candies can be repackaged with other candies that may contain allergens. Be sure you know all of the label reading “tricks” to make sure your “treats” are safe. Google was my best-friend 🙂
Talk to Teachers & Neighbors – They may want to get your child something safe, but just don’t know what.
Teach Your Kids Food Safety – Have them ask before they eat ANYTHING!
Look for the Teal Pumpkins – These pumpkins let trick-or-treaters and parents know that there are safe, non-food treats available. [Click to Learn More] I know my daughter Cora appreciated these houses so much!! [Add your address to the map]
Ideas for Non-Food Treats
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candies
I picked these because they are the most common – and it’s easy to teach the little ones what they CAN eat when they choose from the candy bowl.
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- Life Savers
- Dum Dums
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