Halloween is a time for pumpkin carving, costume contests and seemingly limitless bowls of candy. But there might be a surprise lurking in that bowl of candy scarier than the ghosts, goblins and haunted house - peanuts. Peanuts are a scary surprise for those with allergies and an allergic reaction could quickly cut short an exciting night out on Halloween.
A Peanut-Free Halloween for Parents
If you’re a parent of a child with allergies, there are several ways to ensure a fun and safe evening of trick-or-treating:
- At the end of the night, sort through trick-or-treat bags and replace peanut products with peanut-free options like Skittles, Twizzlers and Laffy Taffy.
- Check all of the labels in case of additional peanut or nut warnings listed on the packaging.
- Always be prepared. Have allergy medication on hand in case of an emergency at any point in the night.
- If you’re attending a Halloween party, don’t rely on the party planner to make the evening peanut-free. Bring your own snacks just in case.
A Peanut-Free Halloween for Hosts
- Instead of handing out Snickers and other nut-filled treats, stock up on equally delicious peanut-free candy like lollipops or Starburst.
You don’t have to break the theme to enjoy peanut-free dishes. Pass around a spooky bowl full of “eyeballs,” actually filled with sweet and healthy grapes. You can also prepare Apple Mouths using two apple slices, swiped with a layer of sunflower seed butter, sandwiching a middle layer of marshmallow teeth.
The Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a campaign that encourages people paint a pumpkin teal – the color of food allergy awareness - to place in front of their house indicating they have non-food treats available for children managing food allergies.
The goal of the project is to raise awareness of food allergies and keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all. Ideas for non-food treats include: glow sticks, playing cards, stickers, pencils, bubbles and many more!