Did you know that it is estimated that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy? This Halloween season there are ways you can provide safe treats for all kids and let the families know that you are an allergy friendly stop along the route on Halloween night! I have some allergy-friendly candy and non-food ideas to share with you to keep kids safe from allergic reactions this year.
First, paint a pumpkin teal to place on your porch or in your front yard. This will signal that you are allergy friendly. You can google the Teal Pumpkin Project to find printable materials you can use to alert families you have non-food items available as well, should you chose to go that route.
There are a number of allergy friendly candies on the market, from special brands to your average drugstore finds. This list is only a guide, please be sure to check the ingredients on any products you do purchase with the intention of being allergy friendly.
Gummy candies and fruit snacks
Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Products like Dots
Ring Pops, Dum Dums and most lollipops
There are many affordable ways to offer trick or treaters a non food treat. Some things you can hand out include bookmarks, pencils, stickers, plastic Halloween rings or bracelets. The options are vast at party supply stores or even dollar stores for little trinkets that kids with food allergies will appreciate.
If you are offering both allergy free and regular candy, please be sure to keep them in separate containers to avoid potential contamination. This year there are many ways you can help keep Halloween safe and fun for all kids. Don’t forget to paint a pumpkin teal and stock up on candies that everyone can enjoy as well as a few non food items for severe cases of food allergy.