Stay allergy-safe this Halloween!

 

Halloween is here! Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for many, but for those with food allergies it can be a tricky time. Here are some tips to make your Halloween safe and scary-free!

–        If trick or treating or at a Halloween event, always read food labels. Miniature or fun-sized candy or chocolate bars could contain different ingredients than their full-size. It’s always best to check to be sure!

–        It’s a good idea to avoid eating while trick or treating, so you have time to review labels at home.

–        It’s best to not eat anything that does not have the ingredients listed. It’s also best to be careful with home-baked goods like brownies, cupcakes, and other snacks – make sure you know the ingredients!

–        Offer non-edible treats for children with food allergy. Check out the Teal Pumpkin Project at foodallergy.org

–        If you plan on trick or treating, talk to neighbors about having non-edible treats for children with food allergies!

–        Carry your epinephrine auto-injector just in case!

Halloween isn’t just tricky for those with food allergy. Many people with asthma and skin sensitivities could face challenges too!

–        If you have asthma, make sure you are continuing your daily preventative medications so that being outdoors trick or treating does not flare your symptoms

–        Avoid smoke machines or fog machines, as these can trigger asthma

–        Be sure to test any face paint or make up on an area of skin before Halloween, so you can make sure you won’t have a skin reaction to it!