Being a parent of a child with allergies can be scary business!
Add trick-or-treating into the mix and you’ve got yourself a stressful and anxiety-provoking experience!
If you’re planning to trick-or-treat with your children this year, then we’ve got some handy tips for you that will help put the ‘HALLO’ back in Halloween!
- Chat with your children: remind them of safety steps and allergy avoidance strategies.
- Create a list of known treats that your child is unable to consume so you can refer to it later on.
- Make your own allergy friendly treats for your child – you know exactly what’s going into it!
- Create a cool badge for your child to wear that informs others of their allergies, get them involved in the design to make it fun!
- If you live in America, keep an eye out for teal pumpkins. The Food Allergy Research and Education organisation released the ‘Teal Pumpkin Project’ to raise awareness for food allergies and promote the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters!
- Ensure you have safety supplies on hand (epipens, medications…)
- Accompany your child during the trick-or-treating, where possible.
- Have a ghoul-old time!
- No doubt your child will be eager to get stuck into their bundle of goodies, however, before they have an opportunity to do so, go through their treats while referring to your list you created pre Trick-or-Treat. It’ll make the process a lot easier.
- Once you’re comfortable with the treats your child has – it’s time for them to devour their safe goodies!