• Arul Nigam

Chocolate Mice, Cauliflower Skulls, and Strawberry Ghosts!!

Updated: Oct 6

A night of Jack-O-Lanterns, ghoulish displays of ghosts and goblins, black cats and witches on broomsticks, are hallmarks of Halloween! The excitement as kids countdown to trick-or-treating in their creative costumes is palpable for weeks leading up to Halloween.


Unknown to most, however, for a child with food allergies there is much trepidation. Milk, peanuts, tree-nuts, and more in candy/party treats impose a threat.

Be your own agent and surveil every piece of candy!!

Below is a collage of allergy-safe Halloween treats, some sweet, some savory, and some positively disgusting! These will be sure to spice up your party and keep everyone safe!

NOTE: THESE WERE NOT DEVELOPED BY FOODALLERGYLOWDOWN. THIS IS A COMPILATION OF IDEAS FROM VARIOUS SOURCES.


Those of us affected by food allergies are a TEAM! Add yourself to this great resource from FARE: www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/fever-map#.WBDSzJMrLcF


It’s a crowd-sourced map for the Teal Pumpkin Project, which allows you to add your home and show that you are handing out allergy-safe candy to your trick-or-treaters. You can also find out which homes near you have registered, and be sure to stop at them!


That’s not all. Here are some past FAL Halloween Posts:


Teal Pumpkins for Halloween

Courtesy of FARE


For all my candy lovers! Do you find yourself not being able to eat half the candy you collect while Trick-Or-Treating? Look for Teal Pumpkins in your neighborhood! FARE launched a new program in 2014 – they are encouraging families to put out Teal Pumpkins if they have non-food treats to offer!


If you offer these treats yourself put out a pumpkin to alert the other allergic-kids in the neighborhood! Thanks for your support!


Check out FARE for more information here.


Allergy-Safe Halloween Treats!

Photo Courtesy of Penn State News


Hey Everyone! I’m so excited by the wonderful response I received about my last post. I’m thrilled so many of you are planning to do a Teal

Pumpkin for Halloween this year!


For some inspiration, I thought I’d share some ideas on Allergy-Safe treats you could offer. For one, Dum-dum lollipops are free of the Top 7 Allergens – so those might be a good idea to keep around! In terms of non-food treats, packs of pencils, puzzles, party favors, nail polishes, books, small stuffed animals – all things you can find at your local dollar store!


I like to think in terms of what I might put in a goody bag – those treats are usually inexpensive but still super fun! Enjoy!


HALLOWEEN COOKIES


I’m so excited for Halloween! (As you can tell by all my Halloween themed posts!)


These NUT FREE Halloween cookies are SO delicious and only have Wheat and Egg as major allergens!! They are wonderful for any event from costume parties to snacking while watching a scary movie! Enjoy :)



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