Food allergies on Halloween and how to avoid them

Halloween

Food allergies on Halloween and how to avoid them

The year is racing by. And now we’re in October, that can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. For many kids, it’s an exciting time of year. Between all the silly costumes and sweet treats, there’s a lot for them to love.

But if your child has a food allergy, it can be a scary time for a different reason. Do you let them go trick-or-treating? What if they eat something they shouldn’t? Do you stop them from going out and having fun? It’s a tough question to weigh up. We don’t think it means you have to stop the festivities. Here’s how you and your child can still have a great time this Halloween.

Check all the labels

As much as your child will want to dive into their sweets as soon as they get home, don’t let them. Not straight away. First, look over everything they have and read the ingredients. Maybe have an allergy-free alternative waiting for them while you do your inspection.

Not every treat will have a label on it, so you might have to do some research online. Also, fun-sized chocolate bars can have different ingredients from their bigger alternatives, so keep that in mind. If you have to take anything away from your child, maybe think about doing a sweet swap with something safer, this way, they don’t lose anything.

Allergy-free treats

Speaking of which, buy in some snacks you know your child can eat and enjoy. Both for the sweet swap and to give out to other kids who come knocking. This way, you can be sure no one’s allergies flare up on October 31st.

If you know the neighbourhood where your child will be trick-or-treating, it might be worth talking to the people who live there. Just let them know about your child’s allergies and ask what they might be giving out.

Host your own party

The best way to be sure is to control everything yourself. So why not throw your own spooky party? You can set the menu and choose appropriate sweets. Throw in some party games and decorations and everyone will have a great time!

If not that, then why not host a scary movie night? Depending on your child’s age, there are plenty of kid-friendly scary movies. Something like Scooby Doo or Goosebumps work if they’re younger, while classics like Ghostbusters and Gremlins are perfect if they’re a bit older.

Halloween is still a few weeks away, giving you plenty of time to prepare something special for your child. It can be a scary time for all the wrong reasons, but with some careful thought and planning, there’s no reason it can’t be the best Halloween yet.

If you have allergy concerns about you or your child, get in touch with our allergy specialists. We’re always happy to help you live a more comfortable life. Book an appointment online or call us on 02031 433 449.

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