“Trick or Treat?” says the adorable 6-year-old girl.
“Oh aren’t you the cutest little fairy I’ve even seen,” says the neighbor.
“Thanks,” says the Mom. “Oh and please don’t give my child any candy that has peanuts in it or were processed on any machines that had peanuts on them.”
While this scenario is unlikely, I do wonder what kids with food allergies do on Halloween. A friend told me her daughter and the daughter’s friends were debating what to do.
Peanuts and other food allergies are more easily avoided at parties or at school. You inform the teachers and send alternative snacks. But when the name of the game is collecting candy from other people’s houses, it’s tough to come up with a suitable replacement activity where a parent can be certain their child will not come into contact with the allergenic items.
Now I guess it depends on the severity of the allergy. I have a friend who has a child with a peanut allergy but I have never head of them not partaking in Trick or Treat. We are careful about candy we share at Christmas and Easter so I assume the mom is going through the Trick or Treat basket pulling any questionable things.
This year, one of the kids has a classmate that is allergic to everything and is allergic by touch to even the slightest peanut dust. So I am guessing that he doesn’t even go out? (I will have to ask at school tomorrow.)
How do you handle trick or treating if your child has food allergies? What are your standards? Do you ask for items that don’t have peanuts or if it’s the big bowl you don’t want to take any chances? What are options for kids to participate who do have food allergies? Do you bring along an Epipen just in case?