Halloween is upon us, but it is going to look a little different this year. No matter how you decide to safely participate in Halloween, it is important to be considerate of children with food allergies when handing out candy. The top 8 allergens that cause food allergies are: wheat, milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, soy, fish, and shellfish. This can cause issues when handing out candy because many of these allergens can be hiding inconspicuously in candy favorites. There are multiple steps you can take to be more food allergy friendly this Halloween.

Halloween Tricks For Inclusivity

The Teal Pumpkin project is a great way to promote inclusivity for children with food allergies. Instead of handing out candy you can hand out non-food goodies, such as glow sticks or small toys. Children will enjoy the toy, and there will be no fear of accidentally coming into contact with an allergen. To demonstrate to passersby that you have non-food treats, place a teal pumpkin at the front of your house. Those with children with food allergies will recognize the meaning of the teal pumpkin. Handing out toys, instead of candy, can help diminish the fear of an allergic reaction while still providing Halloween fun!

If you are giving out candy, check out Kid’s With Food Allergies annual list of top 8 allergen friendly candies. Some big names on the list this year include: Sour Patch Kids, Smarties, Skittles, Starbursts, and Dum Dum lollipops. For the full list of top 8 allergen friendly candies, please head over to the Kid’s With Food Allergies website.

It can be difficult for children who suffer from food allergies to celebrate Halloween. Participating in the Teal Pumpkin project or handing out top 8 allergen friendly candy can help those with food allergies focus less on allergy scares and more on Halloween treats!


At National Allergy & ENT, our providers can help patients with their food allergies. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 212-7976 or schedule an appointment online.