Tonight, is one of the best nights of the year to be a kid – Halloween.
Children can be ALMOST anything they want. A superhero, a princess, or even a werewolf.
But for some kids, all they want to be for Halloween is allergy free.
You see, roughly two-to-three kids in every grade school class have some sort food allergy, with the most common being peanuts, milk and gluten (a lot of these ingredients are found in most common Halloween candy).
For kids with allergies, Halloween means collecting a full bag of candy and watching as your siblings or parents eat roughly 65-75 per cent of your haul – kind of sounds like a horror story, doesn’t it?
Because you’re likely to get 10-20 trick-or-treaters with allergies tonight, Dr. Vakil from Pinnacle Medical Centres Crowfoot location has this advice.
“Make sure to greet all trick-or-treaters with a smile and ask if anyone has any allergies before you give out any candy,” Vakil said. “This will help ensure you don’t give a child with the terrible peanut allergy a Snickers bar.”
He also added, to make sure you place a teal pumpkin on your doorstep to show kids and parents you are allergy aware this Halloween.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was started a few years ago by the organization, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), in the United States. In its first few years, seven counties and 50 states participated in bringing awareness to allergies during Halloween.
Tips for Parents this Halloween
- Eat before you go out so that kids aren’t tempted to snack along the way
- Carry an EpiPen just in case
- Check all candy for allergens once you’re home
- Carry your own safe snacks in case kids get hungry
Tips for Candy Givers
- Ask every kid/parent if they have any allergies
- Have about 20 or so allergy safe options – Funny pens, pencils, erasers, gift cards, tattoos, stickers, cans of pop, toys, etc…
- Paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your doorstep