With Halloween less than a week away, allergy friendly halloween treats have been on my mind. Being on a special diet myself, I’m conscientious of the kiddos and their diet restrictions as well. In fact, two out of my three nephews have allergies / food intolerances. One of them is severely allergic to nuts, while the other is on a gluten and diary free diet.
Halloween is often a stressful time for them, because they know that they won’t be able to eat most, if not all, of their halloween candy. My one nephew even opted out of trick or treating last year because of this fact. That was so sad to watch. I can’t imagine not going trick-or-treating as a child. It was the best holiday! You got to dress up AND get treats! AMAZING!!
There has to be a better way for kids with food allergies and, it turns out, there is.
The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in the US noticed the same problem and launched The Teal Pumpkin Project. It helps trick-or-treaters identify homes that are handing out allergy friendly Halloween treats. Homes willing to participate and hand out allergy friendly Halloween treats are asked to place a teal pumpkin in front of their doors. This way, kids know which homes are offering allergy friendly treats. It’s a great way to allow all trick-or-treaters to feel included in the festivities, have fun and, more importantly, stay safe
Trying to find allergy friendly halloween treats that are food-based is tricky. The main allergens are nuts, milk, soy, eggs, wheat, fish and shellfish (note that this is not an exhaustive list).
Rather than try to find candies that are free of allergens, a better and quicker alternative is taking a run to your nearest dollar store and picking up non-food treats. Here are some ideas for non-food based Halloween treats.
Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats
- Cool pencils
- Cool erasers
- Playing cards
- Glow sticks
- Play dough
- Kid jewellery
Or whatever else you find at the dollar store that you think kids will love!
Any other ideas? Share them in the comments below 🙂