Halloween is just around the corner and costumes, decorations, and Halloween candy cover the shelves at retail stores. When picking up goodies to hand out for Halloween this year, consider the 1 in 13 children who live with food allergies.

Food Allergens in Candy

The most common food allergies in children are milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and crustacean shellfish. Sesame allergy is also on the rise in the United States. These allergens are also common ingredients in many candies. It is important for children with food allergies to read the labels of all candies that they receive to verify that their food allergen is not hiding in the sweet. This makes Halloween a stressful time for food allergy children and their parents.

How Can I Help?

There are many ways you can help ease the worry of children and parents alike when it comes to food allergies and Halloween. Handing out toys or “trinkets” instead of candy allows children to enjoy without any stress. Trinket ideas include: glow sticks, bubbles, mini slinkies, noisemakers, bouncy balls, stickers, and so much more! If you still want to give out candy, Kids With Food Allergies releases a Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide each year. This list includes candies that are free of milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, gluten, sesame, fish, and shellfish. It is important to note that it is possible for people to be allergic to other foods, these are just the most common allergens.

Teal Pumpkin Project

So, you’ve bought trinkets and food allergy friendly candy, but how do you display to everyone that you have these food allergy options? The Teal Pumpkin Project does exactly that! Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep will signal that you have food allergy friendly options to hand out. Adding your house to the Participating Locations Near You map can also help get the word out!

Halloween is supposed to be a fun night of playing dress up and going door to door for fun treats or trinkets. Handing out toys/trinkets, food allergy friendly candy, and participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project will help children feel included and able to enjoy a stress-free Halloween. Happy Halloween!


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