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Halloween with Food Allergies

Posted 10.26.10 | Sarah O'Brien

We shared our top 4 Tips for Celebrating Halloween Without a Food Allergy Scare. But with Halloween coming up this weekend we wanted to share a round-up of all the great “Halloween with Food Allergies” tips we’ve seen recently. Here is some more great advice from our favorite blogs and advocacy groups!

Tips for a Food Allergy Safe Trick or Treating

  • Kids With Food Allergies recommends pre-positioning safe candy at friends houses along with other advice for safe trick-or-treating and school parties.
  • Gina Clowes of Allergy Moms has 15 Halloween Safety Tips in her latest newsletter. She recommends pulling a “switcheroo” and buying two of the same treat collectors, letting your little one trick-or-treat, but then swapping their loot out with the safe version once you get home.

Have you read any great ideas for having a safe, but fun, Halloween? Be sure to share the links!

- Sarah


Food Allergy-Friendly Sweet Treats

Posted 10.12.10 | Sarah O'Brien

With Halloween right around the corner, we wanted to share some allergy-friendly Halloween candy that you can make and buy for your little ones. A few years ago there were limited options for children with food allergies. Now there are hundreds of different companies that make sweets that are both safe and delicious.

Candies and Chocolates

  • Amanda’s Own Confections. Great chocolates that are all natural and completely dairy-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, egg-free and gluten-free!
  • Divvies. Cookies, popcorn, cupcakes, candies and more that are dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free. Check out these cute ghost-shaped chocolates!
  • Vermont Nut-Free Chocolates. These delicious chocolates are nut-free. The company was founded by the mother of a child with a severe peanut allergy.
  • Whey Out Chocolates. These diary-free, soy-free and peanut-free chocolates are made by another mother of a child with severe milk and nut allergies.

Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Safely

What sweet treats does your family love?

- Sarah


Safe and Spooky Halloween Tips

Posted 10.13.09 | Mallory West

Halloween With Halloween just a few weeks away, your little ones are probably getting excited about their costumes, class parties and trick-or-treating. And while these can be fun experiences for children, they can be potentially dangerous for those with food allergies.

Fortunately, with a little advance planning, you and your little ones can have a safe and spooky Halloween without the risk of an allergic reaction. Here are some tips and safe treats to help you prepare:

Halloween Parties

For Halloween parties (especially at school), it always helps to be involved in the planning process and to attend. You can also volunteer to bring your child’s favorite sweet treat for everyone to try. Some safe options include this recipe for Dairy Free Caramel Apples or these delicious dairy and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Trick-or-Treating

Most important when trick-or-treating is to examine your children’s candy before they eat any of it. Depending on the severity of their allergy, you may want to have them avoid putting their hands into candy bowls (since candy wrappers could be contaminated with allergens like nuts or dairy). Have neighbors drop the candies into their bags directly, or incorporate gloves into their costume design.

Consider creating a “swap-out” bag of allergy-safe treats, DVDs or books that they can enjoy at home. Divvies Chocolate Ghosts and Bats are delicious gluten, dairy, nut and egg-free treats. If there are other children in your neighborhood with food allergies, you can set an example by handing out non-food goodies like stickers.

What tips do you follow for a safe Halloween?

-Mallory


Halloween Food Allergy Twitter Party

Posted 9.24.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

Halloween is a little over a month away, and we know that all those treats can be tricky when you have little ones with food allergies. To help you plan for a fun and safe celebration, Ruth Smith of www.bestallergysites.com and Jennifer Buteau of www.foodallergybuzz.com are hosting a Halloween Food Allergy Twitter Party! If you participated in their past Twitter Parties about Back to School and Food Allergy Awareness Week you know this is a great way to connect with other parents in the food allergy community to share tips and ideas.

The party will take place on Friday, October 2nd from 9:30 PM to 10:20 PM (EST) at summize.com or tweetgrid.com. The hashtag for the party is #foodallergy.

The discussion will cover safe Halloween treats, parties, trick-or-treating and more. There will also be a chance to win some great door prizes. For more information, and to RSVP, be sure to check out the event invitation here.

Hope to see you all there!

-Christine


Halloween: Focus on the Fun, Not the Food

Posted 10.14.08 | Nutrition Specialist

Costume? Check. Pumpkins? Check. Chocolate bar? Oh no! If your little one has food allergies, unfortunately, this is probably what you are thinking.

Holidays like this – with so much candy and goodies – can be tough for kids with food allergies (and tough for parents who want to make sure their child enjoys the day). Many of the candies and foods during Halloween contain milk, milk products, and other food allergens. But it is possible to make sure Halloween is both safe and fun for your food allergy kids.

Of course, safety always comes first. But our goal is for you and your family to have a healthy and happy Halloween! Check out the following tips.

First, let’s talk about safety:

- Be prepared in case an emergency happens. Have a set plan in place that all participating people know about before the activities begin.

- Be sure to talk with teachers/other parents about what needs to be done to ensure your child’s safety at any Halloween parties or school activities.

- Remember, even a little bit of a food allergen can cause a reaction. Talk with your child so that he/she understands the dangers of taking just a small taste of a food he/she might be allergic to.

- Always have Epinephrine on hand in case your child has a severe reaction to one of the food allergens.

Now to the fun stuff:

- Have non-food items on hand for your kid to have fun with. Think dollar store toys, stickers and coloring books.

- Plan an alternative activity from trick-or-treating. You can have a Halloween slumber party or a scavenger hunt in your allergy-free home.

- Prepare a container full of safe treats to give your child after he/she has gone trick-or-treating. That way, they can have something to look forward to while out with their friends.

- Consider having a “swap-party” where your child can swap candies he cannot have for “allowed” candies. This way everyone gets what they want!

- Some kid’s food allergies are so severe they rely on an elemental formula like Neocate®—which means they either can’t have any food at all or limited food amounts and types. In these special cases, you can put their formula in a festive cup or mix it with ice for a fun slushy, but you really want to focus on the activities.

To prepare further for Halloween and the upcoming holiday season, check out more tips/resources from Kids with Food Allergy and Allergy Moms.

Any spooky questions? I’d love to answer them!

Be well,
Dr. Y


Halloween with Food Allergies Blog Roundup!

Posted 10.24.11 | Nutrition Specialist

 Halloween is right around the corner and your little ones are probably getting excited about their costumes, class parties and trick-or-treating.  And while these  can be fun experiences for children, we know that for parents of children with food allergies these events can be more frightening than ghosts and ghouls.

 Fortunately, with a little advance planning, you and your little ones can have a safe and spooky Halloween, without the risk of an allergic reaction.  Check out some of these blog posts for tips to help you prepare:

  1. Celebrating Halloween without a Food Allergy Scare
  2. Halloween with Food Allergies
  3. Food Allergy Friendly Sweet Treats
  4. Safe and Spooky Halloween Tips
  5. Halloween: Focus on the Fun, Not the Food

What are you planning for Halloween?  Be sure to share your tips for having a fun and safe Halloween in the comments! 


Halloween “Switch Witch”

Posted 10.29.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


We’ve heard loads of ideas from parents whose children with food allergies still want to go trick-or-treating for Halloween. With so many treats containing dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat, it can be scary to face a full sack of candy at the end of the night. We really love the idea for the teal pumpkin project that FARE has rolled out this year! But we have another idea we wanted to share – the Switch Witch. 

We heard about the Switch Witch from dietitian presenting at a conference recently, so we can’t take any credit! Some families have been friends with her for a while, and it looks like a few have started a great partnership with her at Switch-Witch.com. After the trick-or-treating is over on Halloween night, children put their candy out for the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch visits the house overnight (or she may have come earlier in October for a longer visit) and takes the candy, leaving a gift in its place. (We have no idea what the Switch Witch does with all of that candy!) Some families of children who don’t have food allergies have also become friends with the Switch Witch, maybe keeping just a handful of candy for themselves.

What ideas have you found helpful to keep food allergic little ones engaged and involved at Halloween?

Rob

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Nutricia Goes Teal for Halloween

Posted 10.27.15 | Nutrition Specialist


Last year, we were very excited to see how the Teal Pumpkin Project took off! This concept started in Tennessee with the local food allergy group, FACET, and is now led by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). This year, we've noticed even more news coverage and buzz around this great initiative. One of my neighbors even posted about her family's teal pumpkin, and encouraged the whole neighborhood to participate! This is great news for children with food allergies who just want to get in on the trick-or-treating fun. This year, Nutricia as a company is fully embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project!

Trick-or-Treat with a Cause!                         

This year, the Neocate team is encouraging our entire company to help raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during Halloween by participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can learn more about the project and how you can get involved here.

Our company leadership was so excited by this great initiative that they offered to cover the cost of non-food treats for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Since our employees are scattered across the United States and Canada, we know that our company can help make a difference for hundreds of families in North America! To add some excitement, we're even offering a prize to the employee who has the most creative teal pumpkin. (Who doesn't love a contest?)

What allergy-friendly non-food items are you passing out for Halloween this year as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project?

-Rob

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Teal Pumpkin Project 2016

Posted 10.25.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Halloween is less than 1 week away and the excitement is building!  Help us make sure our food allergy kids can participate safely by joining FARE and their Teal Pumpkin Project! 

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a world-wide effort to help kids with food allergies enjoy Halloween without worrying by:

  • Placing a Teal Pumpkin, or the printable pumpkin picture from FARE, in your window to let neighbors and community members know you are a safe house for food allergies.
  • Offering non-food related treats for children who come to your house to trick-or-treat.
  • Spreading awareness about food allergies with real solutions for common situations. 

Learn More about the Teal Pumpkin Project

FARE's Ideas for Non-Food Treats:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Please also consider bringing the same concept of safe trick-or-treating to your child’s school party.  It is common for younger children to have a Halloween party and parade at school to celebrate Halloween.  What a wonderful opportunity to educate families and community members about food allergies and the Teal Pumpkin Project! 

  • Offer to bring in non-food items for the party
  • Print and pass out copies of the free printable pumpkin poster from FARE
  • Get the kids involved! Have them paint pumpkins as a party activity!

Halloween is such a fun time for kids! Let’s help them have a great time and enjoy the experience!  We’d love to see some pictures of your little monsters and their Teal Pumpkins!  Comment with a picture, or post to our Facebook page!


How to Safely celebrate Halloween with Food Allergies

Posted 10.24.17 | Nutrition Specialist

Halloween can be a challenging holiday for families with food allergies. Most Halloween candy options contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy and/or wheat - 6 of the most common allergens. Adding to the challenge of finding allergy-friendly treats is the complexities around food labels. At times, miniature or fun-size versions of candy items contain different ingredients than their full-size counterparts. Plus, some miniature candy items may not have labels! This  makes it harder to determine if they are safe for those with with food allergies or not. With all these barriers, how do you safely celebrate Halloween with food allergies?

Plan Ahead

With some advanced planning you can ensure that your child enjoys holiday festivities. Here are some items to think about as you get ready:

  • Serve allergy-friendly treats. You can make your own safe treats or buy them from allergy-conscious companies that manufacture dairy- and/or nut-free candies and chocolates. 
  • Fill your children’s Halloween bags with fun alternatives to candy. Instead of candies and other edible treats that might cause a food allergy issue, look for fun trinkets and toys your children will enjoy. Kids love temporary tattoos, plastic jewelry, bouncy balls and fun stickers. (Be sure to watch out for hidden allergens!)
  • Plan your trick-or-treating route ahead of time. Depending on where you live, you may be able to give your neighbors safe treats to give your child ahead of time. Another great way to make sure your little one only gets safe candies is to prepare a container of safe treats ahead of time and swap it out as soon as you get home.
  • Focus on other Halloween-themed activities. Instead of trick-or-treating, host a party that focuses on costumes, pumpkin carving, games and other Halloween-themed fun. This way your child can enjoy the holiday and you won’t have to worry about any accidental exposure to allergens.

Advocate

The biggest movement to date to help raise awareness for food allergies and drive inclusion for all is Food Allergy Research & Education's (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project. Teal Pumpkin Project acknowledges food allergies and creates awareness by promoting non-food items Halloween treats.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014. We are happy to hear that now FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement!

Teal Pumpkin Project Basics

  • Why Teal? Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. It has been used to raise awareness about this serious medical condition for nearly 20 years.
  • How to participate in Teal Pumpkin Project? The good news is that it really doesn’t take a lot to participate in this initiative. To start you will need a teal pumpkin and allergy-friendly treats or non-food items.Then, place a Teal Pumpkin, or the printable pumpkin picture from FARE, in your window to let neighbors and community members know you are a safe house for food allergies and can offer non-food-related treats for children who come to your house to trick-or-treat.
  • Where do you find a teal pumpkin? One fun option is to make your own! Grab a pumpkin, some teal paint or a spray can and have some fun. If painting or spray painting a regular pumpkin teal isn’t for you, now a lot of bigger craft stores are starting to sell a plastic or foam version you can purchase. Aside from the pumpkin color, there are no other requirements around decorating your Teal Pumpkin. Let your creativity shine!
  • Where do you find signs to show that you are a TEAL Pumpkin Project participant? Kick up your participation to the next level by helping to spread awareness by hanging posters and social media updates about your activities. The team at FARE even created free printable signs, flyers, and materials to help you make the most of these efforts. View available Teal Pumpkin Project printables.
  • How do you get yourself listed as a participant for trick or treaters in your area? FARE is also providing a Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map that allows people participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project to add their home address, street or neighborhood. Adding your household to the map shows your support and allows you to connect with other families in your area who are participating.

Non-Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Non-Food Treats

What do you use as non-food items for treats? You can pick up some inexpensive toys: think outside of the candy aisle. Here are some ideas for non-food treats just to help with your brainstorming and planning:

  • Books
  • Bracelets, or necklaces
  • Glow sticks
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

How to incorporate Neocate into your Halloween festivities?

Some kids' food allergies are so severe they rely on a hypoallergenic formula like Neocate® - which means they either can’t have any food at all or can eat limited food amounts and types. In these special cases, you can put their formula in a festive cup or mix it with ice for a fun slushy. Be sure to check out our recipes pages for fun ideas you can mix.

What about school Halloween parties? Kudos to you for thinking of school events! What a wonderful opportunity to educate families and community members about food allergies and the Teal Pumpkin Project! You can initiate these discussions by:

  • Offering to bring in non-food items for the party
  • Print and pass out copies of the free printable posters
  • Get the kids involved! Have them paint pumpkins as a party activity!

General Safety Tips

  • Make sure your child knows not to eat any candy until they get home, where you both can sit down and inspect them
  • If your child is younger, go trick-or-treating with them so you can monitor what goodies they get
  • If your child is okay with it, use an “allergen-free” bag for trick-or-treating
  • Research trick-or-treat locations in your area. Some malls and libraries offer candy-free trick-or-treat nights (including the Teal Pumpkin Project map we mentioned above)
  • If your child has contact allergies, make them a costume that covers them from head to toe
  • For children with feeding tubes, make Halloween-themed ice cubes

Halloween can be fun for all with just a bit of extra awareness and planning. Are you bringing teal into your holiday activities? We’d love to hear what you're doing to celebrate Halloween “teal pumpkin style” and see pictures of your little trick or treaters. Comment with a picture, or post to our Neocate Facebook page!

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