With Halloween approaching, now is the time to start thinking about what to buy for the trick-or-treaters knocking on your door. But what does that mean for the kiddos with food allergies?
According to recent studies, one in thirteen children has a severe food allergy, limiting the amount of candy they can eat on Halloween. This year, keep food allergies in mind by getting more inclusive treats. MedStar Health created a survey to determine how adults will partake in Halloween treats and activities for trick-or-treaters.
Results from the survey show that only 14% of adults know the meaning behind a “teal” pumpkin. Putting a teal pumpkin on your front door step signified that your house has allergy-safe treats. Placing a teal pumpkin in front of your house helps to include the trick-or-treaters with a food allergy or sensitivity.
The survey also found that around 45% of households plan on handing out non-candy treats this Halloween to help avoid any food allergies or medical conditions. It also is more inclusive for diabetic children. Ideas for non-candy treats include spider rings, vampire fangs, stickers, notepads, glow sticks, and Halloween stickers. Adults can find these inclusive treats for a low cost at dollar stores or party supply stores.
Some parents are easing back on candy consumption for their kids this year. Setting limits helps avoid a sugar rush and consequential crash. It also helps to avoid an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. For those who want to indulge in sweets, try the top five rated treats: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Snickers, M&M’s, Skittles, and Sour Patch Kids.
Have a spooky, mindful Halloween this year by including fun treats that any kiddo will enjoy!