With Halloween so close, I’m sure a lot of you will be heading out to purchase treats in the next day or two. As a mom of a child with an allergy (peanuts but no longer dairy — woo hoo!), I always feel an obligation to remind our readers to consider getting some candy that doesn’t contain any of the major eight allergens. You will make a HUGE difference to a child whose choices are limited. Here’s a great listing of allergen free candy from Sure Foods Living. I always have Skittles, Starbursts and Dum Dums on hand.
If you’d like to take this even one step further, check out the Teal Pumpkin Project. There are some kids with allergies so severe, they cannot consume any packaged candy for fear of cross-contamination. In 2012, Becky Basalone, the director of a local food allergy support group, had the idea of painting a pumpkin teal, the color of food allergy awareness, and handing out non-food items. It’s such a great idea! If you’d like to do the same, print out a small poster declaring that you have non-food treats in addition to candy. Here are some ideas from FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) that can be found at the Dollar Store or the dollar bins when you first walk into Target:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone!
(Photo: Food Allergy Research & Education via CNN)