Halloween marks the start of the holiday season! The children count the days until they get to dress in their favorite characters, and get spoiled with candy and treats. For many parents, this is the time to decorate, pick out the perfect costumes for your kids, and stock up on candy. However, for a parent with a child suffering from peanut allergy, this holiday can be a nightmare. Before their children can enjoy their candy, their parents have to be certain that they only allow their children to eat the peanut free Halloween treats. Explaining to a child with a peanut allergy that they cannot have the same snacks and candies that their friends are enjoying is stressful, but not as stressful as dealing with an allergic reaction from the child eating food with peanuts. I give so much credit to these parents. They work so hard to give their children a spooktacular Halloween filled with festive and safe candy and snacks. If you are throwing a Halloween party, I urge you to try to throw a peanut free party. It is actually not that hard! There are so many fun and easy snacks and treats that are peanut free, and I want to share some of them with you!
Candy Corn Mason Jars. This one is super easy and delicious! First pick out fruits that are yellow and orange in color. We used pineapple and mandarin oranges for ours, but cantaloupe is great as well! First, fill the bottom of the mason jar with pineapple, next the oranges, and top it off whipped cream. If you are hosting a Halloween party, I recommend waiting until your guests arrive to put the whipped cream on. I love the idea of putting one or two candy corns on top also.
Cheese Ghost Sticks. This is such a cute idea for a lunchbox or after school snack! Just a quick and easy way to get them excited for Halloween.
Dracula Apple Teeth. This snack is so much fun to make with the kids! It is relatively easy but can be a little messy! I bought a bag of pre-sliced apples, but with one apple you can make 3 sets of teeth. For a completely nut free spread, sun butter is a great option. You can also find a nut-free chocolate spread. Spread one side of the sliced apple with the spread. Use 6 to 8 white mini-marshmallows and place them onto the spread. Apply the spread on another apple slice and place it spread-side down to make the apple slice sandwich.
Orange pumpkins. This healthy and easy snack screams Halloween. It is so perfect for a Halloween party. All you need is a bag of tangerines and some celery. I love the idea of having a little sign that says “Pumpkin Patch!”
Popcorn Corn on the Cob Snack bags. Not all children celebrate Halloween, so this is a great snack to celebrate the fall season! This one requires a little bit more shopping but is totally worth the extra effort.
- Small ziplock snack bags
- Green tissue paper
- Double sided tape
- Fill bag with popcorn. Make sure not to fill too much, about 3/4 the way.
- Tape one side of the bag down so that the top of the ziplock portion is taped down and hidden in the back.
- Wrap the bag of popcorn with the green tissue paper and twist at the bottom.
- Tie the end with a fun string.
- Cut the excess tissue paper.
Halloween can be really scary and dangerous for a child with a peanut allergy. Below are some quick and easy tips for both a parent of a child with a peanut allergy and parents hosting a Halloween party this holiday!
Tips To Hosting a Peanut Free Halloween Party
- If your guests are bringing snacks, make sure they are peanut free.
- Know what candies are peanut free. Urban Tastebud’s makes a list of Tree nut and Peanut free candy. Make sure to have a sign indicating the candy is peanut free.
- Set up a craft table! There are so many easy and fun Halloween crafts that can give a parent a chance to have fun and celebrate Halloween without the focus being on candy.
- Instead of giving away candy, try glow in the dark bracelets! If the children are the appropriate age, glow in the dark jewelry is not only a fun favor but can help parents and cars see children while trick or treating in the dark streets. The Dollar Store is a great place to find them!
Safety Tips to Keeping Children with Peanut Allergies Safe on Halloween
- Always be prepared! Never leave the house without your child’s epipen.
- Know what candy is peanut free and what candy is made in a factory without peanuts.
- If your child is old enough to go to a Halloween party without you, make sure to talk to them about the importance of letting the host know about their allergy and not eating anything without it being checked by an adult.
- Bring peanut free candy with you while trick or treating, this way your child can enjoy candy too!
- Always check your child’s bag of candy before allowing them to eat it all!
- Look for teal pumpkins. Did you know that putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick or treaters with food allergies or other conditions.
I hope this helps with your journey! Have a happy and safe Halloween!