Trick or Treat? Avoiding The Dangers of Halloween Candy

What kid doesn't love dressing up in a costume and going door to door on Halloween night, and collecting a bag full of candy? Unfortunately, this beloved childhood activity can pose a serious danger for those who are allergic to any of the ingredients in popular Halloween treats. Though candy is a big part of Halloween, it can be challenging for those with food allergies.

Your child's food allergy shouldn't mean that they can't partake in the fun. Those with food allergies must exercise caution – peanuts and tree nuts are found in many varieties of candy. Though the FDA requires food manufacturers to include allergen lists on food packaging, these warnings may not be found on the 'fun-size' candy bars passed out on Halloween, or noticed by a child eager to dig into their trick or treat bag.

Spokin is a food allergy app that has a list of candies and chocolates that are safe for your children based on their food allergies. Candies and chocolates approved by Spokin are brands such as Free 2B, Zolli Candy, and Vermont Nut-Free Chocolates. Spokin has done all of the research and due diligence so that you can rest assured that your kids will be safe on Halloween when they indulge in these candies.

Midwest ENT Consultants offered some tips for enjoying Halloween without risking an allergic reaction:

  • Even if your own child does not have allergies, avoid giving out candies containing peanuts or traces of peanuts, or that may have been processed with peanut products. Peanut allergies are on the rise in children, and you can help keep the kids in your neighborhood safe by giving out peanut-free treats this October. Give out candies that don't contain peanuts, or trinkets such as small toys or stickers.
  • Know the safe options. Those with peanuts can often eat treats such as Tootsie Rolls, jelly beans, and many hard candies. Candy bars tend to be riskier, although there too, there are peanut-free options.
  • Check the ingredients. Your child should not eat any candy while trick-or-treating. Instead, an adult should inspect the candy first.

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