Trick or treating on Halloween night means one thing for kids – candy, and lots of it. But for kids with allergies, that candy can pose a serious health risk. So consider setting out a teal pumpkin on the porch next year signifying that your house is a place where children with certain food allergies can find a safe treat!
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The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by the Food Allergy Research and Education group in hopes of making Halloween more inclusive for children with food allergies and many families have made it a part of their Halloween tradition.
You can make a child’s day by participating and having safe treats. All you have to do is paint a pumpkin teal or just buy one at the craft store. On Halloween night make sure you have some non-food treat available for trick-or-treaters.
Here are some great non-food alternatives:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Spider rings
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
It’s always a good idea to keep these safe treats separate from the candy bowl. Keep in mind if a child with a food allergy bites into the wrong candy it can lead to a severe allergic reaction. While some children may experience mild itching, for others the reaction can lead to breathing problems or even death.
Finding a safe treat at your house will be a fun surprise for children who have a food allergy and it will be much appreciated by their parents who will be excited to see their faces light up. If you’re planning to hand out both candy and non-food treats just ask your trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies.
If your youngster is allergic to a certain ingredient, make sure you set guidelines for them before the night starts. Put a rule in place about not eating candy while they’re still out trick-or-treating that way you can review the labels and packaging at the end of the night. If they have been prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector, they should keep that with them while they’re out trick-or-treating.
We know that Halloween 2018 has come and gone, but save this tip for next year! You never know who may arrive at your house for some allergy-friendly treats.