Stay safe and have fun this Halloween
With Halloween just around the corner, our mini monsters will soon be creatively carving their pumpkins and getting ready for some Trick-or-Treat fun. While most children can’t wait to find out what sweet treats will fill their cauldrons this year, it can be a worrying and potentially excluding time for some children living with food allergy.
By simply offering a small non-food treat and putting our Halloween poster on your front door, we can make sure Trick-or-Treating is fun and safe for everyone. Here are a few ideas of things to offer instead of food and try to choose latex free items if possible.
- Stationary e.g. rubbers, pencils
- Packs of coloured pencils/crayons
- Finger puppets
- Bouncy balls
- Mini notebooks/activity books
- Halloween novelty gifts e.g. spider rings
And here are some extra tips to help keep your Trick-or-Treaters safe:
- Pre-arrange to drop off some safe food treats at friends/neighbours’ homes
- If your child does get given food treats whilst out Trick-or-Treating, don’t eat them there and then, take them home to review the food label before eating or swapping for something they can have
- Take your child’s allergy medication with you when trick or treating
- Ask if the child has a food allergy before giving out Halloween treats if they are food
For more help and advice on how to keep Halloween fun and safe for everyone, take a look at the fantastic work FARE is doing with their Teal Pumpkin Project.
Happy Halloween everyone.