Unlocking the Mystery of Allergies: Navigating Halloween and Beyond
October 24, 2023
Is it possible to have children with allergies and not worry during Halloween? For families with children who suffer from allergies, the joyous spirit of Halloween can be overshadowed by the lurking concerns surrounding potential allergens.
Standard Halloween treats, such as candies, chocolates, and baked goods, can contain nuts, dairy, and gluten allergens. This can lead to anxiety for parents, who must carefully inspect every treat their child receives to ensure their safety.
Here are 3 tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween:
Teach Allergy Awareness: Educate your child about their allergies and the importance of not consuming treats without checking with an adult first. Encourage them only to accept treats if they are sure about the ingredients.
Emergency Allergy Plan: Have an up-to-date allergy plan, teach your children about their Epi-pen and what to do if they have an allergic reaction
Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project: This initiative encourages households to place a teal-colored pumpkin outside their door to signal that they offer non-food treats, promoting inclusivity for children with allergies.
Halloween is a time for fun and imagination; no child should feel left out due to allergies. By understanding the origins of allergies and taking proactive steps to navigate Halloween safely, families can ensure that every child can participate in the festivities regardless of their allergies.
Louisa is a Tufts University senior studying psychology and entrepreneurship. At Compass Marketing, she leads all Social Media and Content marketing efforts in addition to assisting with business development activities.