Help make Halloween not so scary for kids with allergies!
I love Halloween time and have been finding so much fun activities to take my kids to. Especially ones to get a good wear out of their costumes. A downside to attending events and parties is having a child with severe food allergies, I worry about what will be served or given out and if he’s going to notice that he is missing out on things. So I have been so pleasantly surprised with the treats they have received at these events. There has been such a move in recent years to helping kids make healthier choices and you can see this so much in the treats that are being given out at events. I was so excited on our recent trip to Brick-or-Treat at Legoland to see healthy snacks and non-food items that were given out at the treat stations. My son was able to have his very first juice box there! We also attended a little Halloween Party at our local Disney Store and the treat bags they gave out contained “Apple Chippies!”(dried Apple slices), as my son likes to call them. Finally seeing items in his treat bags that he can enjoy is so awesome.
F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research & Education) has a great request going on for Halloween, it’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project. The project is fairly easy just paint a pumpkin teal and leave it out to let trick-or-treaters know that you are handing out non-food items. That’s it, a great simple request so that children with food allergies can have a not-so-scary Halloween.
Non Food Treat Ideas
- Glow Sticks, Bracelets, Necklaces
- Vampire teeth
- Bouncy Balls
- Spider Rings
Allergy Friendly Treat Ideas
- GoGo Squeez Organic AppleApple
- Honest Kids Appley Ever After Organic Juice
- Dum-Dum Lollipops
- Mickey Mouse Fruit Crisps
- bare Apple Chips
- Annie’s fruit snacks
*Parents should still check all food items their child receives to make sure they are ok with their child’s allergies. I am a constant label reader and if I am not sure about an item I will give him something else, we never chance it. The food items I listed are just some items I have found safe for my son or look to be free of the 8 common allergens.*
Hope this helps everyone to have a safe and great Halloween!