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Tips for Safe Trick or Treating with Food Allergies

Updated on Thursday, October 24, 2019

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma News

Every year millions of children look forward to Halloween, but families with food allergies must approach this holiday with caution. Many candies and foods are off-limits for children with food allergies due to cross-contamination or because it contains an ingredient that can cause an allergic reaction. Keep this holiday focused on the fun more than the food and check out these tips to keep your family safe during this scary time of the year:

  • Stock up on safe treats or toys to trade for any unsafe candy your child might get while trick or treating. Trade unsafe candy for allergen safe treats or non-food items once your children return home.
  • Sort through your child's candy and take the opportunity to teach them about hidden allergens and reading labels.
  • Carry safe snacks with you while trick or treating.
  • Trade unsafe candy for allergen safe treats or non-food items once your children return home.
  • If you get candy, check all the ingredients. Remember that treat sized candy may have different ingredients or be manufactured on different machinery than their full-sized counterparts.
  • It is best to discard any candy you receive without food labels.
  • Make sure your child carries his or her epinephrine auto-injector while trick or treating, in the event of an accidental exposure.
  • Accompany your child while trick or treating, if he or she is old enough to go without an adult, make sure the friends they are with are aware of the food allergy.
  • Give neighbors safe Halloween treats in advance to hand out to your food allergic child.
  • Reach out to teachers and other parents involved in classroom parties or social gatherings so they are aware of your child’s allergies and what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Try to keep the emphasis on fun and not the food or their restrictions.
  • Display your teal pumpkin to raise awareness in your schools and neighborhoods about food allergies!

Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project here!

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