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Don't forget kids with food allergies this Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love to see kids get to use their imaginations in deciding on their costume.

From the kids' perspective, Halloween is all about the candy.

However, if they’re the kind of kid who can only have certain types of candy due to health problems, Halloween can be a huge disappointment to them. Their bag of treats is filling up, but maybe only one in every eight pieces of candy is something they can eat.

So for the past couple of years, I’ve taken the time to think about the children with food allergies and food intolerances when purchasing candy to give out on Halloween night. I even have a sign up on my door that says “If you request a certain type of candy, I’ll make sure you’ll get it.”

I make sure I have the following types of candy on hand:

  • Sugar free or low sugar
  • Peanut free (make sure it says it was made in a peanut-free facility)
  • Gluten free (no wheat, barley or rye)

It doesn’t take me long to choose the candy in the store, but I take the time to read the label to make sure I have something for every child that may come to my door.

This is a great way to let every kid participate in trick-or-treating, but in a way that’s fun and safe for them and lets them know someone recognizes what they’re going through.

About Amy Seery MD