When fall begins, one of the bigger holidays of the year is right around the corner, Halloween! It's time for everyone to dress up and go door to door for trick-or-treating!
Parents can have many concerns with Halloween treats, and parents of children with allergies potentially have a life-threatening concern. Unfortunately, finding information on allergens on small treats designed for Halloween can sometimes be difficult. One of our own employees has a daughter with several food allergies. Her strategy is to find something her little one likes that doesn't pose an allergy risks and distributes that specific item to neighbors ahead of time. This means she gets the fun of going door to door, showing her custome off to neighbors, gathering treats that are safe for her, and even eating them, too!
If you want to help parents out by handing out products that are allergy friendly, the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board has a very comprehensive list of Halloween treats that are nut-free!
The Teal Pumpkin Project has gained a lot of momentum over the last few years. The Teal Pumpkin project is a movement that was started three years ago and its mission is simple; to make sure every kid can enjoy Halloween!
The project wants to make sure every kid that goes trick-or-treating can come home with something to enjoy. Offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy is what the Teal Pumpkin Project envisions.
If you're worried about trick-or-treaters knowing whether or not your treats are allergen free, a small sign next to your treat bowl never hurt!
Parents of kids with allergies should always closely inspect theirchild's candy before enjoying, but there are several ways to help make Halloween fun for all kids - even those with allergies!
Appleways Soft Oatmeal Bars are baked in a nut-free facility and make a great treat for Halloween. These sweet, soft treats are enjoyed by the whole family, and I suspect some parents will be thankful for a lower-sugar option in their kids' Halloween haul. Be sure to order some in time for trick-or-treating!
Justin Shaw is a Marketing and Communications Associate for Darlington.