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Top 4 Tips for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! For families with food allergies, this holiday requires a bit of careful preparation and planning. The great news is that with the tips in my allergy-friendly Halloween guide, I’ve got you covered for a fun, festive, and delicious holiday. Be sure to scroll to the end to download your free children’s Halloween coloring and activity book!

allergy-friendly Halloween guide

Tip #1: Join the Teal Pumpkin Project

Started by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Teal Pumpkin Project makes trick-or-treating more inclusive for children who have food allergies or other conditions. Participating homes set out a teal pumpkin to indicate that they have non-food items available on Halloween. Here’s how you can join in.

If your child has a food allergy, visit the Teal Pumpkin Project Map to find homes where you can safely go trick-or-treating!

At your own home, if you live in an area where trick-or-treaters come to visit, provide some non-food items as options. (You can also offer candy as well for trick-or-treaters who don’t have food allergies.) Some fun items may include the following:


Next, add your house to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map.

Be sure to set out a teal pumpkin or other item in your yard to show passersby that you are participating! Here are some options: 


Tip #2: Grab Delicious Allergen Free Candy!

Enjoy Life Foods: gluten free and free from 14 common allergens

Enjoy Life Foods has an array of tasty treats, including chocolate chips that I love to use for cooking — such as for chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and oven baked s’mores, among other things. 

Happily, they’ve released a line of adorable treats just for Halloween. All their candy is free from gluten and 14 common allergens: wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. 

Their Halloween minis include the following:


Amy’s Organic Candy: gluten free, dairy free, and egg free 

Amy’s Kitchen has long been a favorite label for dairy free, egg free, and gluten free meal options, and lately their candy line has brought a welcome addition to their offerings. They have three gluten free, vegan (and therefore dairy free and egg free) candy bars that are reminiscent of some favorite mainstream candy bars, and they would all make great Halloween treats. Please note that these bars contain soy and may contain traces of tree nuts.

Allergy Friendly Candy Corn

Candy corn is a Halloween classic, and it’s my husband’s favorite candy this time of year, so it’s a must-have at our house. As with any food, it’s necessary to check the ingredients, as allergens can and will appear even when you don’t expect them. Also, at our house we avoid gelatin in order to purchase vegetarian candy corn. Fortunately there are some allergy friendly, vegetarian candy corn options.


Tip #3: Make Some Fun Kitty Cupcakes

My six-year-old daughter had been asking to bake some kitten-themed sweets in the kitchen for a long time, and we finally did it with these adorable, gluten free Halloween cupcakes! Grab the recipe here to see step by step instructions and all the gluten free ingredients we used, from the cake mix, to the cookie crumble “fur,” and the black licorice whiskers!

Halloween kitty cupcakes

Tip #4: Snag your Free Halloween Coloring and Activity Book

My daughter can’t get enough of coloring and activity books these days, so I made a fun Halloween book for her – and for you! You can download it instantly for FREE right below. I hope your kids enjoy it. Have a safe, fun, and very happy Halloween!

 

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