Halloween can be scary for families with food allergies. Here are some tips to get you through.
Alternatives to Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Who says you have to go trick-or-treating? There are lots of other fun things to do. Instead of trick-or-treating, plan something else fun that doesn’t involve candy.
Here are some ideas:
- Throw a party at your house and offer only allergy-friendly foods and treats.
- Plan a Halloween costume party. Everyone can dress up. The kids can bob for apples. And you can make a killer play list for a dance party (“Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”)
- Make it a Halloween slumber party. A slumber party is even more fun, and the kids can stay up late and tell ghost stories or watch movies or Halloween cartoons (such as It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown).
- Have a scavenger hunt with a Halloween theme. Your children can go door to door to get everything on the list. The reward will be homemade Halloween treats.
- Turn your home into a haunted house for all of your kids’ friends.
Safe Trick-or-Treating for Allergy Kids
If your kids with food allergies really want to go trick-or-treating, it doesn’t mean they have to eat the candy.
You can do a swap at the end of the night. The kids can trade their candy for money or a toy of their choice. You can also let them trade the candy for “safe treats” you’ve prepared or purchased in advance.
Other Fun Halloween Activities
- Visit a pumpkin patch.
- There are lots of great Halloween craft ideas on Pinterest.
- Help a local hospital or senior center create a Halloween party for the children or seniors.
Food Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats
I’ll be putting together a post tomorrow with recipes you can make at home for Halloween, from caramel apples to pumpkin muffins.
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