Halloween Candy Allergies

By Shayna Ross, Health Coach

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Halloween can be a challenge, and even heart breaking, for children with food allergies and restrictions, as well as for their families. Halloween is a time where exclusion is particularly difficult for children to understand. "All the other kids can eat their candy, why can't I?"  However, there are ways to help your child and others! You can help make this year as inclusionary as possible for all children, even those with candy allergies! Here are some hints and resources!

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  • Offer candy that is allergen free and put a sign up for trick-or-treaters stating what allergen-free candy you have and what allergens the candy does not have.  You can also provide separate bowls for each allergen-free candy so that there is no confusion or risk of accidental contamination/illness for a child with candy allergies. Here are some resources:
  • Offer non-candy Halloween treats. Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin project? It raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters.  Read more about the steps to participate:
      1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
      2. Place a teal pumpkin - the color of food allergy awareness -in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
      3. Display a free printable sign to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.

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