When a youth or teen has food allergies Halloween can lead to difficult times with all of the treats coming into the home. Everyone loves to enjoy candy and other yummy foods that come with Fall, but there are some things to look out for when a person has a food allergy. Read on to learn more about how to protect youth, tips, and tricks.
What are some options:
- Pick out or pass out only non-candy items:
- Stickers, small toys, crayon packs
Look for allergy-friendly Halloween candy to eat or pass out. These are free of milk, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, gluten, fish, and shellfish.
- Jelly Beans
- Dark Chocolate
- Chewing Gum
- Sugar-free Hardy Candy
Make sure to always read labels, and check out this website for more allergy-friendly foods. If you are passing out candy to others, it never hurts to ask the youth or adult with them to make sure there are no allergies since the candies could be mixed in the same bowl.
As the guardian make sure:
- The youth has their medication with them at all times while trick or treating in case they take a bite!
- Wear a medical bracelet if they have one.
- Check candy with them before eating once they are home.
- Have a way to call 911 if the youth comes in contact with food they have a severe allergy to.