Tips to avoid food allergies and still have fun this Halloween

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

How do you keep your little tyke with food allergies from missing all the fun?   The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has some tips.

  • Before Halloween, distribute safe snacks to neighbors and request that they be handed out to your child.
  • Instead of trick-or-treating, host a party that focuses on costumes, pumpkin carving, games and other Halloween-themed fun.
  • Remember that small candy bars passed out to trick-or-treaters may have different ingredients than their regular-size counterparts. Even if a certain candy is safe for your child, the “fun size” version might not be.
  • Create a “candy swap” with siblings or friends so that allergen-containing candies can be traded for other, safe, treats.
  • Teach your child to politely refuse offers of home-baked goodies like cookies or cupcakes.
  • Consider participating in a charity trick-or-treat event to raise money for a good cause, rather than collect candy

The complete checklist is here.

Care to share any other healthful tips?


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6 Responses to “Tips to avoid food allergies and still have fun this Halloween”

  1. mark salinas Says:

    With my little guy being allergic to nuts he often feels as though he is on the sidelines. It is sad to sift through all of the candy eliminating 90% of it because of his allergies. We try to encourage a fun Halloween atmosphere and these tips are very helpful. I have printed this one out. Thank you so much this, it helps very much!

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  2. James Hubbard Says:

    Thanks Mark:
    Hope it does help.

  3. Sagan Says:

    That’s great advice. Allergies are something that people often don’t think about when dishing out the Halloween candy, so its good to have this reminder! It can be so dangerous.

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  4. James Hubbard Says:

    You are right. Certainly parents are the main guardians of this, but the rest of us can help make sure the child is not overly tempted.

  5. Steve Says:

    Very good advice and list and as a parent with a child with allergies this was very hlpful. Also wanted to point to this article on peanut allergires and Halloween on my friend’s blog if I may:

  6. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    thanks Steve

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