Ghouls, goblins, zombies, and vampires lurking around every turn makes any Halloween scary enough. However, for allergy- and asthma-sufferers, even the best parts of Halloween—like treats, costumes, and decorations—can be terrifying. Use the following tips to make sure that Halloween is spookily safe for all trick-or-treaters.
- Allergen-Free Treats: Possibly the best part of trick or treating for any kid (or adult!) is emptying that goodie bag at the end of the night to admire your sugar-coated fortune. Of course, this moment of celebration is typically followed by negotiations to determine how much candy is appropriate before bedtime. For children with food allergies, the process is even more painstaking because parents are forced to examine labels and snacks to decide which treats can be kept and which ones were just tricks.Distributing treats like Twizzlers, Fruit Roll-Ups, Gummy Bears. Swedish Fish, Skittles, Ring Pops, and raisin boxes will ensure that all kids can enjoy something sweet. If you don’t want to contribute to massive sugar intake, you can also give out non-food treats. Who doesn’t love gooey slime, spider rings, glow-in-the-dark stickers, and other fun seasonal favors?
- Inspect Costumes, Makeup, and Decorations for Allergens: Some masks and costumes may contain latex and other allergens, so make sure that you carefully read the labels on costumes and accessories. Makeup, hair dyes, and some decorations can also contain chemicals that may trigger asthma symptoms. It is best to avoid masks, hair dyes and makeup altogether. However, if this can’t be done, look for hypoallergenic products and half masks to ensure that asthmatic trick-or-treaters can breathe easily.If costumes, costume accessories, or decorations are being used from previous years, launder or wipe them down thoroughly to remove any dust, dust mites, or other allergens that could have been lingering on them.
- Have an Emergency Plan: According to AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org, if your child is trick or treating with a group of friends and has a severe or life-threatening allergy, place emergency medicines like an inhaler or inject-able epinephrine in his or her tote bag. If another parent is accompanying your child, make sure that the parent is aware that your child has allergies and/or asthma. In these cases, it might be a good idea to trust the accompanying parent with your child’s medications. Additionally, if your child’s symptoms are severe enough, make sure that he or she wears a medical alert ID bracelet or chain stating the diagnosis.
To find out more ways to make this year’s Halloween terrifyingly safe, check out these resources:
- Allergy Mom’s 99 Possibly Safe Snacks for Halloween
- Scaring Away Frightful Halloween Allergy and Asthma Triggers
- Kids with Food Allergies Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treat Recipes
Have a safe and happy Halloween!