Trick or Treating is a memorable time for families and here are a few suggestions in the event your child has a food allergy.
- Speak to your doctor for any tips to help plan and manage all safe Halloween activities.
- Carry your child’s emergency medications with you during the evening & ensure that your mobile phone is charged and readily available.
- Incorporate gloves into your child’s costume and keep an eye on your little one to ensure there aren’t any accidental tears to candy wrappers.
- Carry hand wipes to clean your child’s hands throughout the evening
- If your child is particularly sensitive then possibly schedule another family activity such as going to the movie or bowling on Halloween night. Make your own family memories with a creative alternative.
- If you know your neighbors, stop by and give them safe treats to hand out to your child as an added level of protection
- Have an allergen free treat bag ready to swap out once you return home.
- Carry stickers and other small toys with you to distract your child while trick or treating to reduce the risk of them opening wrappers before returning home
- Consider purchasing a Halloween gift from the ‘Pumpkin Fairy’ in exchange for the candy when you return home. You may want to consider this for all kids – this will reduce everyone’s sugar consumption for the day.
- Donate any unwanted, wrapped candy to charities, such as homeless shelters.
As always, please consult your child’s doctor before Trick or Treating.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!