Allergy horrors on Halloween: keeping your kids safe

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Allergy horrors on Halloween: keeping your kids safe

Prepare for a scare – it’s Halloween! This year’s festivities will undoubtedly be different from past years, but no doubt people will still be out in costume and trick or treating in whatever safe way they can.

But something that hasn’t changed is how dangerous Halloween can be for children with allergies. Parents of these kids worry about the content of their children’s trick-or-treating bags, wondering if the ingredients will set off an anaphylactic shock. But just because a kid has an allergy doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy Halloween. Here’s how you can keep your child safe this October 31st.

Trick or treating

A huge part of Halloween is the sweets and chocolates. And no kid is going to want to miss out on all that sugary goodness. But these treats will sometimes be packed with nuts, dairy, or other ingredients that set allergies off.

What can you do? You can always check the ingredients on their treats. Don’t let your child have any until you can assess how safe they are. Also, be aware that some miniature versions of chocolate bars have different ingredients from their regular-sized counterparts. And that some products will be labelled “may contain”.

If you have some treats that aren’t appropriate, consider doing a “treat exchange” so your child doesn’t have to miss out. This could be with a friend or from a selection you bought.

While your child is out trick or treating, make sure they don’t go alone and that they have any medical devices with them, such as an EpiPen or inhaler.

Alternatives

Of course, you don’t have to go down this traditional route. As people become more aware of food allergies, there are some who want to make the Halloween holiday more inclusive. The Teal Pumpkin Project, for example, is a way of showing people in your community that your treats are allergy friendly.

You don’t even have to go trick or treating to get in on the Halloween fun. Why not have a Halloween movie night? There are plenty of kid-friendly scary films, such as Monsters Inc, Hotel Transylvania, and even Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice for the slightly older children.

Or have your own Halloween party. You may not be able to invite anyone over, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get some allergy-friendly snacks, some blood-red punch, dress up, and have a laugh. Horrified is a board game centered around Universal’s classic monsters, like Dracula and Frankenstein, and the Exit collection brings the wonders of an escape room to your own home.

Having an allergy doesn’t mean you can’t have the same fun everyone else is this Halloween. Just make sure you’re staying safe, watching what your kids eat, and remember to have fun.

We want everyone to enjoy life without any worries. If you have any allergy concerns for you or your family, feel free to reach out to us on 02031 433 449.

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