As a health-conscious parent of a 2-year-old as well as a former teacher who understands the wide variety of allergies that many children face on the daily, I have begun putting a much greater deal of thought into what types of “goodies” to share with our fellow trick-or-treaters. I want to ensure that what we are passing out is inclusive to kids with allergies. That it serves kids whose families seek to limit sugar. And that its both fun and festive for all kids who visit our door on Halloween night.
That said, while there are a large number of allergies that children may be living with on a daily basis, the following are some of the most common:
- Peanuts/Tree Nuts
- Lactose (dairy)
- Artificial food dye
When picking out your Halloween treats, whether candy or not, I would encourage you to be cognizant of these things when making your choice. Read your labels and check the product allergen information prior to purchasing. And know that in doing this you are not only supporting children with allergies, but all kids in having a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
Healthier Candy & Food Treat Ideas
The Natural Candy Store – You can search for and purchase candy by diet on this site, ie. organic, allergy friendly, fair trade, etc. Also, all of their candy is screened to ensure it contains no artificial flavors, dyes, sweeteners or preservatives.
*Note that while the majority of the following ideas are allergy friendly, there are a few ideas suggested on the lists below that do contain ingredients like peanuts, wheat, etc.
Healthy Candy for Trick-or-Treating from Wellness Mama
13 Healthy Trick-or-Treat Ideas from Rubies & Radishes
50 Healthy Trick-or-Treat Ideas from Super Healthy Kids
Non-Candy Treat Ideas
*When choosing non-candy treat ideas, be cognizant of artificial dyes and other allergens like wheat that may be in items like play-doh, slime, etc. We all know kids, especially toddler and preschool-aged, still love putting their hands and their toys in their mouths.
Ideas for Non-Food Treats from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
26 Non-Candy Halloween Treats Kids will Love from Wellness Mama
5 Halloween Candy Alternatives from Natural Paleo Family
Huge List of Allergy-Friendly Non-Candy Halloween Treats from Arts & Crackers
15 Non Candy Halloween Treats Your Trick-or-Treaters Will Love from Woman’s Day
Looking for a way to let your trick-or-treaters and their families know that your home is an “allergen safe space” this Halloween season. Download this free printable for your door or porch, or even turn it into a lawn sign!
And to learn more about creating an allergy safe Halloween, check out The Teal Pumpkin Project resources on the FARE website.
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