My Trick-or-Treat Tips!
Halloween can be SO stressful y’all. Trust me when I say, you are NOT alone in these feelings! For those of you that may not know, I have a five year old son, Sam, with no food allergies, and a two year old daughter, Emma, who is allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts. Since my daughter is only two, I’m obviously not a complete pro in this area, but here are some tips that I hope will help you this year! (Please remember that everyone handles food allergies differently, and there’s no right or wrong way to handle it :)
Prepare a safe Halloween basket. This year I have compiled all sorts of safe treats, little toys and her favorite allergy-friendly snacks that I will exchange once she gets back from trick or treating. I know she will be JUST as thrilled, if not more, when she sees lots of her favorite goodies in her teal pumpkin. (For ideas on some safe treats, make sure and check out my “Allergy-friendly Halloween Products & Giveaway” post by clicking HERE!)
Bring safe treats along while trick-or-treating. I don’t usually let either of my kids eat while trick-or-treating, BUT it’s great to be prepared just incase you change your mind. I will be stuffing some dum dums along with some other safe snacks around in my pocket if we need it!
Watch your child like a hawk. Okay, I know this sounds a little dramatic, but it’s so easy for them to sneak some candy when we aren’t looking. If you have a little one like me, it’s even harder because they don’t fully comprehend the consequences of eating certain candies so make sure and be with them every step of the way.
Bring a bag with all of your emergency essentials. Just like any other time you go out, make sure you have your epi-pen with you. Hopefully it won’t need to be used, but it’s better to be safe then sorry!
Have fun! As long as you are prepared with safe treats and are closely watching your child while trick-or-treating, try to remember to have fun! A great piece of advice many other food allergy mamas have taught me is to always find a way to make a situation work for your family so you aren’t missing out on experiences :)