By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
Halloween is fast approaching and candy is flying off of the shelves in the stores! As we get ready for Halloween, there are many parents out there who are worried about trick-or-treating with their child who has food allergies. Speech-language pathologists may also provide feeding therapy and we often have children with food allergies on our caseload.
Here are some helpful tips and ideas for making Halloween allergy-friendly for your child!
~ Temporary tattoos
~ Coloring books
2. Have your child stay home and hand out candy in a special way! Create a haunted house or other
Halloween theme and let your child have some fun while handing out candy. He/she will still get to
see other children and show off his/her costume!
3. Meet up with other children with allergies in your town and throw an allergy-friendly Halloween party.
4. Let your child go trick-or-treating but make sure he/she doesn’t eat any of the candy he/she gets. Instead, bring some special treats along for him/her to eat while trick-or-treating. When you get home, separate the candy into “safe” and “not safe” piles. Let you child “trade-in” the unsafe candy for a special surprise like a trip to the toy store or a special trip to the movies.
To prepare your child for Halloween, consider reading Alexander Goes Trick or Treating. This book is available through The Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) at www.foodallergy.org.
I hope these tips are helpful for families of children with food allergies! If you do go trick-or-treating, don’t
forget to bring along your child’s medicine or EpiPen incase of an emergency! Happy Halloween!
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