Halloween Treats and Food Allergies

Author: Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many parents are anxious about the safety of their children while trick-or-treating on Halloween. Parents with children who have food allergies have an additional concern – will my children be exposed to the foods they’re allergic to?

Candy containing nuts can be deadly for a child with a nut allergy. Children with milk allergies should stay away from chocolate. For many children with food allergies, candy is simply off-limits and they are unable to join their friends and family in this fun holiday tradition.

As you decide what to hand out this Halloween, be sure to think about trick-or-treaters who may have a food allergy. Consider offering non-food treats and promoting your allergy-awareness with a teal painted pumpkin outside your door. The “Teal Pumpkin Project,” born from a Tennessee mother who wanted to give her child with food allergies the ability to join in the Halloween festivities, is currently in its third year. In 2015, fifty states and fourteen countries participated.

What’s an alternative to food treats on Halloween? Consider handing out small toys, glow sticks or stickers instead of candy.

The Food Allergy Research & Education (“FARE”) organization encourages people to “Go Teal” at Halloween. For more information, visit the FARE website.

With just a little awareness and effort, everyone can help make Halloween a holiday all children can enjoy.

About the Author: Sandy Gregor is a trial attorney with 15 years of courtroom experience. She was listed as a "Rising Star" by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine for three years and is a member of the Virginia Womens Attorney Association. Sandy's practice includes car accident litigation, wrongful death litigation, and premises liability.

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