Use these tips to help prevent allergy, asthma and food allergy issues, before during and after trick-or-treating, and get ideas for treats that are safe for children with food allergies.
Eczema and Face Paint
Use hypoallergenic face paint for costumes. Avoid face and grease paints if your child has chronic red, itchy skin.
Colored Hair Spray
If using colored hair spray, don't spray toward the face, and use it in a well-ventilated area to avoid irritating eyes and lungs.
Asthma and Trick-or-Treating
Consider pretreating for asthma. Emotions, such as excitement, cool air and dust can trigger asthma attacks in some children.
Safe Treats for the Road
Avoid the unknown, take a safe candy alternative with you as you are trick-or-treating.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Always carry epinephrine with you if it was prescribed for your child’s food allergies.
Wait to Eat Treats
Wait to eat candy until you get home and can inspect it.
No Label, No Eat
Don’t eat candy that doesn’t have a label.
When in Doubt, Toss it Out
Don’t eat candy that shows any signs of tampering.
Missing Allergen Information
If candy labels don’t show allergen information, look up the candy’s ingredients online.
Non-Food Treat Ideas
Offer non-food items for kids with food allergies. Ideas include pencils, crayons, rings, glow-in-the-dark necklaces & rings, spinning tops, sunglasses, small toys, hair bands, barrettes, puzzle booklets, handheld puzzles and yo-yos.
Teal Pumpkin = Non-Food Treats
Display a teal pumpkin if you offer non-food treats. Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project from the organization.
Halloween Treat Shopping Guide
Offer nut-free candy. See a list of suggestions.
How to Manage Candy Intake
Try to balance candy consumption by allowing a piece or two a day instead of all-you-can-eat.
This information has been approved by Christine B. Cho, MD, September 2017.