- Illuminate - Wear something that glows in the dark, glow sticks/necklaces/bracelets, and/or carry a flashlight.
- Buddy System - Have your child walk with a group of kids and a grown up. Use the buddy system and stay with an allergy-aware friend. Therefore if your child doesn't feel well, his/her buddy (or buddies) can get help. It is a good idea to have your child walk with a grown up who has a cell phone.
- Medical Alert Items - It may be useful to have your child wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. In case of an emergency, if you are unable to immediately be reached or found in the dark, the medical alert item can be used to identify your child's emergency information. For older kids, it may help if they are unable to communicate during an anaphylactic reaction.
- Read Labels - Be sure to read the labels on candy wrappers to check if it’s safe to eat. Sometimes the smaller, "fun size" chocolate candies, may be made in a different facility than the regular size chocolate candies. So be aware of the different size chocolate candies. They may contain allergens.
- Always Carry Your Medical Pack Including the Epinephrine - There are many types of epinephrine carriers. Whichever you choose to have your child wear, be sure to keep at least two epinephrine devices with you or them at all times. It’s the only thing that can reverse an anaphylactic reaction.
How does your family handle unsafe candy? There are several ways you can manage unsafe candy after Trick or Treating. Maybe this year, you can start a new family tradition!
- Turn In - Have your child bring their bag of candies you to be check for safety. Be sure to have them wash their hands before anyone eats.
- Trade Up - Have a bag of safe candies ready at home. Swap the bag of candies in for safe ones.
- Do Good - Many local organizations and business will take your candy and ship them to soldiers serving in other countries so they can celebrate Halloween too! Visit www.HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com.
- Treat the Halloween Ghouls - Hang your child's bag of candy on your front door before going to bed on Halloween night. In the morning the bag will be gone and your child will be left with a wickedly good treat! Maybe it’s the Halloween Witch or the Candy Goblin, but whomever it is took that bag of candy away for your child's safety!
Additionally, you may want to familiarize yourself with label laws. AllergyHome.org has a great page on reading labels. It can be found by visiting the following link: http://www.allergyhome.org/reading-labels-and-falcpa/.
Kids with Food Allergies (KFA a division of AAFA) has an informative page on managing food allergies during Halloween:
Visit our "Products" page under "Resource". There you will find a list of allergy-friendly food suppliers* including Peanut Free Planet, Premium Chocolatiers, Home Free Treats, Vermont Nut Free Chocolates and Simply Nut Free Chocolates, just to name a few. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
*LAN does not endorse these products.