Halloween Is Hard for Kids With Food Allergies—Here’s How You Can Help

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The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology notes that about 5.9 million children in America have food allergies. And, nearly 2.5 percent (which means at least 1-2 kids in each grade at each school) of all American children are allergic to peanuts.

There’s a range of reactions when it comes to allergies—from mild (like redness and itchiness) to anaphylactic (vomiting, difficulty breathing, and in some cases, death). And many times, parents of children with food allergies don’t know what sort of reaction their child might have. Which is a truly terrifying thought for any parent to shoulder.

What makes it harder is holidays and fun events, like Halloween. Of course, as a parent of a child with food allergies, you don’t want to stop your child from joining in the fun, but you also have to protect their health and wellbeing. Many children suffer reactions just from touch or from airborne allergen particles. These become major concerns on days like Halloween when treats and possible allergens are literally everywhere.

As parents, we call all understand worrying about our kids health and safety. And if not experiencing it ourselves, we can all imagine the worry that comes with having a child with food allergies. Not to mention the guilt a parent might feel having to hold their child back from school Halloween events or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.


How to Support Kids With Food Allergies on Halloween

That’s why, here at The Everymom, we fully support The Teal Pumpkin Project—a campaign created by the Food Allergy Research & Education organization in order to create awareness for food allergy sufferers and promote inclusion of all Halloween participants.

In order to participate, you place a teal pumpkin on your doorstep to indicate that you have non-food treats to offer to trick-or-treaters. You can also add your house to The Teal Pumpkin Project Map, so that kids with food allergies know just where to go to get their treats.

If you do choose to participate as a household that offers non-food and allergen-friendly treats, here’s a list of possible treats you can hand out to those lucky trick-or-treaters.

Many of these items can be found in dollar bins, party stores, or online for the same cost (or less!) than candy. And, you can totally have candy available for trick-or-treaters, as well—just keep it in a separate bowl to offer those who prefer sweets (or to snack on yourself as you do the hard work of opening the door all night).

Coloring Books

There's one thing we can't get enough of—coloring books. Nothing like keeping your kiddos occupied for a few minutes before they're onto the next activity.


Bubbles are universally exciting—even adults love them. Many stores offer a mini version in Halloween themes.

Markers or Crayons

Markers and crayons will always get tons of use, even after Halloween is long gone. And, you can go ahead and pat yourself on the back for helping to promote literacy.

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A definite kid win, and easy to use leftovers with your own little ones.

$5 for a pack of over 300 at Target!

Glow Sticks, Bracelets, or Necklaces

I've yet to meet a child who doesn't literally light up at the sight of glow necklace. As a plus, these simple treats can help keep little ones safe on Halloween night after the sun starts to set.

Halloween Erasers

Did anyone else collect tiny, cute erasers as a kid? No? As it turns out, most kids love tiny, cute things, erasers included.

Bouncy Balls

Bouncy balls can be a pain to have in the house, but since you are giving these away, all you'll have to risk is becoming labeled "that house that gives out the good stuff."

Mini Slinkies

This may be from a toy from days gone by, but it's time the kids today be introduced, don't you think?

Spider Rings

Spider rings are all the rage on Halloween, and now, they come in a ton of colors and characters (skulls and pumpkins, included)!


Encourage readers in your neighborhood with a cute and functional bookmark.

Mini Water Bottles

Ok, this might not be the most fun treat, but it's definitely needed on Halloween night—all those treats and walking make for some pretty parched kids.

Halloween Stampers

Stampers are terribly messy and so much fun, the perfect Halloween combo.

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are by far the most desired goody in our non-food bowl, year after year. You can't go wrong with fun characters or features—like glitter or glow-in-the-dark tattoos.

Slap Bracelets

Yes, these are back! And party stores have them in every assortment, including holiday, characters, and local sports teams.

Mini Rubber Duckies

Little duckies now come in costume—adorable for Halloween fun and the subsequent bath to follow.

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