10 Allergy {Friendly} Halloween Treats

While dressing up for Halloween and going door-to-door for treats is no doubt an exciting time for children, many kids (and parents) also find it a stressful time due to allergies or other health conditions such as Celiac Disease or Diabetes.  While my own children are thankfully showing signs of outgrowing some food allergies, we’ve definitely had a wake-up call to just how common and serious childhood allergies are today.  So, with an appreciation for the day-to-day difficulties a food allergy can cause, I sought the advice of some fellow moms and put together a simple list of some allergy friendly* treats for your candy bowls this year.

*Please note:  The food items on this list are listed as allergy “friendly” and not necessarily allergen free, as any number of ingredients can cause an allergic reaction (not just the Big Eight).  Please use caution and seek the counsel of your doctor regarding approved items if your child has food allergies.


Non-food Items

1. Pencils –  In my teaching days, fun designs were always a much sought after item in my classroom, and they are sure to go quickly on Halloween as well.
2.  Stickers – Grab a few sheets and cut them up into individual stickers or rows for little ones to sort through.
3.  Erasers – Fun Spider Man or other character-themed erasers are sure to excite little Super Heros at your doorstep.
4.  Crayon Packs – You might be surprised to find pre-packaged Halloween-themed mini packs in your store’s Halloween aisles.
5.  Individual Play-Doh – Check out your local bulk store as you might be able to find reasonably priced mini Play-Doh containers.

Food Items*

6.  Starbursts or Jellybeans – Or, a combination of the two (see below) as will be found in one of my treat bowls this year.
7.  Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses – While not free of all allergens, Hershey’s Kisses (plain variety) typically do not share production lines with peanuts or tree nut products.  Still, do be sure to read the labels carefully.
8.  Fruit Snack Packs – Another non-chocolate option without many of the most common allergens.
9.  Mini Chip Bags (Assorted Varieties) – Likely to be popular with the older kids…and you all know they will be knocking on your door dressed as a “teenager” again this year.
10.  Mini Popcorn Bags – Another salty option to go with all those sweets.

I am happy to report that a quick trip through the aisles of Target yielded quite a few options.  Be sure to check out the dollar bin section (lots of stickers, multi-packs of pencils, and other fun items) as well as their seasonal candy aisles (where you are likely to find individual-sized bagged popcorn, chips, fruit snacks, and more).

Planning to offer some options for those with allergies, diabetes, or other health conditions?  Print out the poster below (by following the link for the full size and option to print) and display it on your door to welcome all the kids in your neighborhood.
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Comments

  1. What a great idea! I love you printable sign so people know that it is allergy friendly. I have a peanut allergy and most people just don’t think about it. Thankfully, my kids don’t have the allergy, so I don’t have to worry about it for them.

  2. Thank you for the ideas for allergy friendly trick-or-treating options. When I lived in the dorms at my school, we always allowed kids to come through and trick or treat as part of a special community event at school… I always worked hard to encourage my dorm-mates to pass out allergen-free treats, as my cousin has severe food allergies. Those who were interested hung signs up on their door that mentioned their treats (usually many of those listed here), and we would usually go shopping together to pick out suitable treats (and make sure we weren’t all getting the same ones!)

    I love this post– it helps make sure more homes will be allergen-friendly this year!

  3. Hi Holli, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

  4. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Saturday! This is very helpful and it’s something I take into consideration on Halloween, too. I tend to just give out chocolate because that is safe for most people.

  5. Your blog is beautiful and I love this post! I have many allergies myself, and my two youngest boys unfortunately do too. I love the idea of handing out pencils or stickers!

  6. Thanks for linking up on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back again this week with more great stuff.
    -Macknezie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this! & Thanks so much for linking up!

  8. Love the idea of passing out Play Doh instead of sweets at Halloween. As a kid, I’m not sure how I would’ve felt about it, but as a parent concerned about sugar highs, I’d be 100% pro list #1. Thanks for sharing your picks with me. This is definitely the first post of it’s kind that I’ve read to date.

  9. I featured this post on Sweet Saturday this weekend, take a look! http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/10/sweet-saturday-25-nutty-peanut-butter.html

  10. Love this for those with allergies or just for all kids. Thanks for the ideas! And, thanks for sharing this on ‘Or so she says…’ at last week’s link party! I would love to have you add the party to your list and stop back to share more of your great ideas. There’s actually a party going on right now (it’s every Saturday through Tuesday.) Thanks a bunch! ~ Mariel http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

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