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Stay safe and have fun this Halloween

Happy 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
  • Bubbles
  • Stickers
  • Packs of coloured pencils/crayons
  • Finger puppets
  • Bouncy balls
  • Bookmarks
  • 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

Teal Pumkins

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.

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