Halloween is this week and if your little ghost and goblins are anything like mine they are waiting with anticipation. They can’t wait to hit up the neighborhood for candy. Candy that they more than likely won’t be able to eat when we get home. But for them the fun is in the dressing up and the hunt. So I put together these rules so they can go trick or treat with food allergies safely!
I buy safe candy and keep a bag hidden at home to trade for any non safe candy. In years past we have done the some variation of the Great Pumpkin (Halloween Witch; Sugar Fairy), whatever you want to call it. The premise here is that the child leaves all of the unsafe candy in his or her bag/bucket/pumpkin and the Great Pumpkin comes in the middle of the night and takes it all away, leaving in it’s place toys, books, and safe candy. This worked great until year after year we ended up with just as much safe candy as we did unsafe candy. Not to mention I was buying extra safe candy for us to pass out.
I also always make goodies like rice crispy treats, cookies or cupcakes for the kids, to have in place of unsafe candy. It’s a sugar fest around here on Halloween night. So we stopped the Great Pumpkin.
Rules To Safely Trick or Treat With Food Allergies
- No eating any candy in your bag until we get home.
- You can politely say “No thank you, I’m allergic” and then move on to the next house if the candy is unsafe. You may also politely ask for the safe candy in the bowl if there is safe / unsafe candy. A simple “I’m allergic to xyz, may I please have the abc, thank you”. I expect them to be polite about this.
- We do not leave the house without – cell phone, Epi Pens, Benadryl and Wet Ones wipes.
- If you trick or treat with us please do not eat any peanut containing candy. If you do, I will be asking you to clean your hands (this is what the wet wipes are for)
- Upon returning home, you are to give your bags to mom and dad for inspection. We will inspect and sort your candy into safe and unsafe piles. Unsafe piles are then thrown out, put out for trick or treaters or given away. Safe piles are put into a bowl for the family to share. Disclaimer – I have read where some families think a community bowl is wrong but honestly it is the easiest way to ensure the candy won’t kill someone or make them sick around here. This also means candy isn’t hidden in bedrooms where an allergic child can find it, or the one Halloween where the dog found the unsafe candy and that caused a reaction.
- After the candy is sorted you have 24 hours of candy free for all – ENJOY IT!!!!! After 24 hours the candy gets hidden and doled out by mom when she feels like it.
These are our rules. We’ve only had 1 reaction after Halloween and that was our first Halloween with food allergies. Yes the one where the dog found a hidden peanut butter cup and caused a reaction. We are strict about rule number 5
Have a Happy, Safe, Reaction Free Halloween!
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