Little girl in a Witch Halloween costumeHalloween can be “tricky” for families with food allergies, and for parents who think handing out candy is a bad idea. It’s certainly a holiday that centers around children collecting and consuming more sugar than most parents are comfortable with. But how can you still make it fun without contributing to the massive amounts of sugar that kids will be exposed to on this night?

Here are a few fun, non-candy alternatives you can consider passing out at your house this year:

  • Glow sticks or glow bracelets
  • Packets of sugar-free hot chocolate powder
  • Miniature containers of hand sanitizer
  • Low sugar juice boxes or bottled water
  • Toothbrushes
  • Clementine oranges decorated with pumpkin faces
  • Stickers or crayons
  • Mini jars of Play Dough
  • Halloween-themed toys or pencils from the dollar store
  • Snack-size packages of crackers, granola bars, raisins or pretzels

For parents of children with food allergies, a night where your child collects candy that could be potentially harmful can be very scary. Here are some tips for keeping the night fun while avoiding any incidents:

  1. Children love snacking on the treats while they go around the neighborhood. Bring your own pumpkin filled with safe treats for your little one so he or she can enjoy something without any worry of an allergic reaction.
  2. Buy small items for your child like coloring books and trinkets, and trade them with your child for their unsafe candy at the end of the night.
  3. If treat or treating is hard on your child because of severe allergies, create a new tradition like watching a scary movie or going out for a fun dinner and skip the candy collection altogether.
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