What kid doesn’t love Halloween….and given the endless supply of free candy, who can blame them? But the holiday can be tricky to navigate for kids with food allergies—particularly nut allergies. Thankfully, with a little bit of advance planning, you can keep the fun but eliminate the scary aspects of the holiday.
One idea is to plan a night of fun alternatives. Those can include watching a scary movie, playing games, making Halloween crafts, cooking, etc. It’s a whole lot safer than going door to door for potentially hazardous treats.
If you can’t talk the kids out of trick or treating, consider these options:
- Screen the treats
- Pre-plan alternative treats
Screening treats provides for an easy outlet to remove bad candy while still allowing kids to enjoy the good treats.
Pre-planning allows you to make or buy allergy-free treats that can be reserved for your child at class parties. You can even take “safe” treats to the neighbors that can be given to your child when they come by to trick or treat.
As you are screening treats, you may come across some potentially hazardous ones. Offer to trade those for “safe treats” you have pre-purchased.
And finally, bribery! Yes, parents, there is sometimes a time and a place for it! This one is similar to trading candy, but requires more persuasive “trades.” Maybe your child has been in dire need of $20 to hang out with their friends. Maybe they want the latest Xbox game. An easy way to get rid of the bad candy, or maybe all candy, is to trade straight across.
And be aware that thanks to sublingual immunotherapy, food allergies do not have to be your child’s constant companion. Family Allergy Clinic offers under-the-tongue allergy drops that can help desensitize the body to dozens of reaction-causing foods including milk, eggs, wheat, soy, rice, tree nuts, and a variety of fruits and veggies.