The Scariest Part of Halloween Can Be Dealing With Food Allergies

For those with food allergies, trick-or-treating can be downright dangerous.

Fox News recently offered a list of tips for enjoying Halloween without risking an allergic reaction:

  1. Avoid sweets that have been prepared by neighbors or friends; you simply can't verify the ingredient list or ensure that their kitchen doesn't contain food allergen residue. If the candy or food is not wrapped with a label indicating its ingredients, take a pass. Teach your child how to politely say no to such treats.
  2. Stay away from chocolate candies, nearly all of which may contain peanuts or nuts. The risk of cross-contamination is serious. Unless you know that the particular candy variety is manufactured on allergen-free production lines, avoid it. Also, be aware that 'fun-sized' candy bars may contain different ingredients or be processed on different equipment than their regular-sized counterparts.
  3. Consider giving 'safe' snacks to friends and neighbors ahead of trick-or-treating time. That way, they can give out peanut-free treats when your child knocks on their door.
  4. Give out allergen-free treats at your own door. There are plenty of 'safe' candy varieties, as well as non-food alternatives like stickers and glow bracelets.
  5. Avoid face paint containing harsh chemicals. This can cause skin irritation and rashes, especially in those with sensitive skin. Cheap face paint may also use peanut oil, which can cause a dangerous allergic reaction in those with peanut allergies. Always apply the paint to your child's wrist first, to check for unexpected allergic reactions.
  6. Make sure your costume has room for an Epi-Pen epinephrine injector, if you have a severe food allergy.

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