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Wonder how to safely do Halloween with food allergies? I know I sure did as a young food allergy mom.
But through a decade of experience, we found our groove for fall and Halloween festivities. I’d love to share my tricks (and treats!) with you!
Here are our best ideas for fall parties, menus, activities, and treats. Hope they help!
Typically, we stay close to home and have a crock pot soup and light dinner set for the night. Grandparents and neighbors stop in with safe treats. Neighbor kids come hang out. We trick-or-treat for maybe an hour, but the rest of the night is just chilling with friends around the house.
The kids love the chance to run outside in the dark with glow sticks, and we have a fire pit going for neighbors and guests to enjoy. In general, a safe laid back night with family and friends is our favorite.
After we go through all the trick-or-treat candy, the kids trade milk-free snacks to Miles. And then we offer our own kids money or a new toy for the bulk of their candy.
Oh, and the kids enjoy staying up unusually late. Maybe it’s all the sugar?!! 😉
Here are some ideas for less stress and more fun at Halloween and this fall. You can do this!
Watch a Halloween show
Carve or paint pumpkins
Roast pumpkin seeds
Drink apple cider
Sit around a bon fire
Make smores together
Eat popcorn balls
Dip apples in caramel
Whip up some pumpkin spice cookies
Dairy-Free Halloween Treats
Dum Dum Suckers
Mike & Ikes
Laffy Taffy (some contain egg)
Enjoy Life Chocolate Candy Bars (affiliate link)
Hey Boo Caramel (affilite)
Non-Food Trinkets (affiliate link)
Glow Sticks (affiliate link)
Coins & money
Be sure to check labels for yourself. Ingredients can change.
In addition to Halloween itself, remember that October and November are full of fun fall events.
It’s always a good idea to research your options ahead of time and decide what will be the most enjoyable for your food allergy family. Then mark your calendars!
When my kids were toddlers, we made a bigger deal of these festivities than of Halloween night.
Color drives, costume parties, library events, nature walks, weenie roasts, etc. kept us busy all autumn long.
Teal Pumpkin Project
Now that the Teal Pumpkin Project has taken Halloween by storm, there’s even greater public awareness of food allergies at Halloween and more opportunity to have non-food fun. Be sure to learn more about this wonderful initiative!
Need even more help this holiday season? Check out our private support group for food allergy families!
Have a safe, happy fall!