Holidays, especially Halloween, can be tough for kids with food allergies. It’s also tough for parents who are trying to find a safe treat to bring in for the classroom party. We’ve scoured the Safe Snack Guide, which is a great online resource for families dealing with food allergies.
DId you know 1 in 13 kids have a food allergy? There are actually 8 top food allergens to be aware, but many classrooms see peanut allergies most often.
If you’re ready to send in treats with your child, here’s a quick guide we’ve compiled to help you. These snacks are safe and have been verified through the Safe Snack website for the following dates: October 29-November 11, 2018. **After November 11th, this information is outdated and can not be used.
Peanut-Free Halloween Treats (October 29-November 11, 2018)
**After November 11th, this information is outdated and can not be used.
1. SkinnyPop Popcorn – Dusted Dark Chocolate, Jalapeno, Naturally Sweet, Original, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, White Cheddar
2. Dum Dums – Assorted
3. Charms Blow Pops – Assorted
4. Dots – Cherry, Orange, Strawberry, Lemon, Lime
5. Sugar Daddy – Caramel
6. Tootsie Pop Drops – Chocolate, Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Orange, Grape
7. Charleston Chew – Vanilla
8. Sixlets Candies – Fruity, Original
9. Milk Duds
To view the full list and guide click here. If you are a teacher or parent hosting a Halloween party you should check with the parent of the student/child with the allergy to make sure they are comfortable with you giving the child any food or treats. Please be sure to read all labels carefully including the ingredient list and warnings about cross contamination during manufacturing. When in doubt skip it! It’s not worth the risk to the child. Keep a stash of non-food treats nearby so they can still get a prize!
Non-food treat ideas for trick-or-treaters
Looking for some inspiration? Try one of these easy ideas from F.A.R.E.
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards