Allergy Tips for the Halloween Season

Allergy Tips for Halloween

Halloween and allergies are not something you necessarily think about but whether you are talking about candy or possible face paint there are many opportunities to be exposed to allergens and their awful consequences on Halloween.  Food allergies continue to be more common but it is hard to deny your children the childhood pleasure of the full Halloween experience.

We have gathered a few articles from around the web to help decipher what not only parents of allergy sufferers should know but also Halloween party hosts.  Recently we attended a Halloween party for my son’s school and we were asked to bring in “Allergy Free” desserts.  I was surprised at how hard this ended up being because I went to 2 well known “healthy” supermarkets and neither could guarantee their cookies or cakes were free of possible allergens.  This is because typically those products are packaged and produced at plants that share equipment with products that may have some form of tree nuts (a big allergen for some).


halloween (Photo credit: BEE FREE – PGrandicelli [the social bee])

The first related article I reference below has a good basic tip list that I am including but keep in mind every child is different and what triggers problems for one may not in another so it is best to review what you want your child to do with them if they are going to be out of your care.  Here are the tips from the NIH article:

  • If you’re dropping your child off at a Halloween party, make sure the host knows about any allergy concerns. You may want to provide a written list of problem foods. If you’re throwing the bash, remember safety starts at the supermarket.

  • Check all food labels. Halloween candy often contains common allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg. Even if the candy says allergen-free, make sure it’s not made on the same machines as products with these allergens.

  • If you’re skipping the party in favor of trick or treating, Don’t let your allergic child trick-or-treat alone, and if your child needs an injectable epinephrine, make sure you have one on hand.

  • Take a good look at the loot when you get home and remove any offending candy. And be particularly mindful of the minis, as they can occasionally contain different ingredients than a regular-sized candy.

  • Finally, make sure you have fun, while playing it safe.

On the costume side make sure to test facepaint before you fully put it on your kids if that is what they want for their costumes.  My son wanted to use white facepaint to add to his vampire costume.  If you read the instructions most of these face painting kits include directions for testing a small part of your skin at least 24 hours below.  If your child has a history of sensitive skin and skin allergies I would just stay away from these entirely.

This Halloween, Allergies Don’t Need to Cause Fright – Huffington Post Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:03:32 GMT


By establishing a few key guidelines and identifying potential triggers, parents can make Halloween a safe and enjoyable holiday for both themselves and their children.

How to Have a Healthy (and Happy) Halloween for Asthma & Allergy Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:51:10 GMT


Halloween may be filled with ghosts and goblins, but for allergy and asthma sufferers there are very real dangers around every corner. “Most children with allergies and asthma can participate in Halloween festivities if they 

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