How to Have an Allergy-Friendly Halloween
Halloween should be a fun time for the whole family, but when your child has a food allergy, there’s the worry that risky foods could creep into their trick-or-treat buckets without you knowing. If you’re feeling left in the dark about how to have an allergy-friendly Halloween, we’ve drawn up some tips and (not-so scary) tricks to help you and your little ones stay safe during the spooky season!
- Introduce a “no eating while trick-or-treating” rule. This gives you time to review your kids’ treats for any potential allergens. If you can do this with your kids’ help, it can teach them about their allergies and how to read labels effectively. You can do the same on Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and at Christmas. Make it fun!
- If your child uses an EpiPen or is required to take any medication, make sure they have it to hand throughout the day. Remember to take a spare EpiPen with you, too. Storing medication in a bumbag keeps it within reach and prevents it from going missing while your child is out and about.
- Asking your child to wear gloves as part of their Halloween costume could be a useful way to prevent reactions if your child is contact-allergic.
How to Support Kids With Food Allergies on Halloween
Hosting a fun, allergy-friendly party at home is another way to keep your kids in the Halloween spirit! With pumpkin scavenger hunts, pumpkin carving, and lots of Halloween games to keep your little ones happy, they won’t feel like they’re missing out on the fun of trick-or-treating. Have a read of our blog post here for some Halloween inspiration!
The final trick up our sleeve for an extra special Halloween is to take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Never heard of it? Originating in the USA, the project was created by FARE, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to food allergy awareness.
How do you get involved?
Place a Teal Pumpkin on your doorstep or window ledge to show trick-or-treaters that you are an allergy-friendly household.
You can paint a real pumpkin in the colour teal. If food waste is a concern, perhaps buy teal coloured pumpkins from Etsy which can be used year after year. Getting involved in the Teal Pumpkin Project usually means providing allergen-free and non-edible treats. These can be:
- Halloween-themed stickers
- Smelly or sparkly gel pens
- Playing cards
- Colouring pages
Why not throw these fun bits and bobs into compostable and recyclable paper goodie bags?
And if real or artificial Teal Pumpkins are hard to find or buy, you can also print out free signs, flyers and other fun resources from the FARE website here.
Teal-coloured pumpkins raise awareness of food allergies, and show that Halloween should be enjoyable and inclusive for everyone! Will you be taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween? Let us know on Instagram @tompomorganic, and share your allergy-friendly tips with us for the festive season, whatever you’re celebrating!