Halloween with Food Allergies: Tips on making the most of it!

by Leila on October 30, 2012

Managing food allergies and holidays is tough but, I wasn’t going to allow food allergies to hold my kids back. This is how we make it work!

Tips On Having a Safe and Fun Halloween with Food Allergies

  • Always have your required medicine. My kids carry an “Emergency Bag” on them at all times. No exceptions. My daughter keeps her epipen, benadryl, inhaler, tissue, emergency cards, wipes and a small first aid kit in her bag. Yes, between the candy sacks, halloween costumes and other stuff your kid seems to haul around it may be tempting to leave medicine at home since you will be in the neighborhood. I always play safe.
  • Eat a big huge meal before you go Trick or Treating. It will be tempting to eat candy on the go on an empty stomach. Lessen the temptation.
  • If you are stressing how to manage your child’s food allergies at a Halloween party then check out this post I did about Birthday parties. Same rules apply. It’s also great for those of you that are hosting a party and have someone coming who has food allergies. I even quoted Pulp Fiction in this one.
  • Get your kids in the habit of always asking before they eat something.
  • Have your kids wear gloves with their costumes. My daughter is contact sensitive to milk… if she touches it she will break out. Some houses want the kids to pick out their candy. To minimize the amount of exposure I’ve always asked them to wear gloves. Just. In. Case. We had one instance where she picked up a candy bar and it was open. Milk chocolate was exposed… if it had touched her bare skin she would have broken out. I switched her gloves and wiped them down. Sure I look like the crazy germaphobe Mom but I’m keeping my kid safe.
  • Homemade treats should be politely declined. I think it’s sweet that some people bake fresh cookies and brownies and sometimes give them straight from a plate. The cop’s daughter in me says “Oh hell no, those could be poisoned” and the allergy Mom in me freaks out. This has happened a few times and I’ve taught my kids to just politely say they can’t have those but it was very sweet for them to offer.
  • Keep it fun. Yes, your child may be gathering dozens of pieces of candy that they can’t have. Let them. It’s about being outside, showing off their costumes and having fun. Have a system where they trade in that candy for something else. Last year I wrote about the Halloween Fairy which is a fun way for kids to trade in their candy. I encourage you to welcome the Halloween Fairy into your home even if your child doesn’t have food allergies… it’s a way to swap out those treats and replace them with a better alternative.

My daughter is ten now and we haven’t missed a trick or treating moment. We haven’t allowed her food allergies to hold us back. We haven’t had any negativity from it… just lots of fun and great memories.

Bonus points if you can guess our theme

If you have other tips or advice I would love to hear them. I hope you and your kiddos can go out there and make the most of it!


About Leila DontSpeakWhinese

Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.

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CKnapp October 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Halloween frustrations were a part of my life for ten years. The short of it is thaf from 6 to 16 I’d been told by my mom and family doctor that I had food allergies which caused hyperactivity. It was nonsense. A total lie concocted keep me on a diet intended to make me docile (though, ironically this diet said nothing about sugar, and I ate the stuff by the ton!). Regardless the circumstances, I spent most of that decade-long stretch spending Halloween exactly as you describe- sitting on the porch passing out candy to everyone else, and eventually hatching elaborate schemes to terrify all visitors. After the first few years of disappointment, I began to own it wholly and look forward to my terror-inducing machinations more than the thought of walking around for free candy. Only on the couple years I spent the holiday at dad’s did I get to actually go out and trick-or-treat like the rest of the kids, because dads are just cool like that.
So, anyway, though my ‘allergies’ were false and Kimi’s are very much real and as scary as any of the late-night-horror-inspired tricks I played on treat-seekers, I can sympathize with the frustration this time of year brings about. Here’s hoping you have a great one!
By the way, your ‘OUS’ is showing,  otherwise I’d have been stumped by the Princess Bride theme. Your son’s ‘stache is just too funny 😀


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