We begin planning Fall holidays early at our house. Since we and a group of friends have a long-standing Halloween get-together, and we have so many food allergies, meal choices can be a pain. But this year we have a new problem. “This Halloween is going to stink,” Brittany told me, “The baby can go Trick-or-Treating but she can’t eat any of the candy.” “No problem,” I said, “We will just swap out her candy for treats she can eat.” Then I had a revelation. “How many other kids out there can’t have a fun Halloween due to allergies?” This year we’re participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project to “help make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.” Want to know how you can participate? Here is how to Host An Allergy Friendly Halloween.
This is a partnered post with Oriental Trading, but all opinions are my own.
How to Host An Allergy Friendly Halloween
1. Set the Stage. You’ll need a teal pumpkin to let everyone know your home is allergy-friendly. I received mine from Oriental Trading. I wanted to give it a fun appealing look so I added Frog Pumpkin Poke-Ins. Then I made a sign using a straw and a white treat bag to write “We are Allergy Friendly.” I placed the sign between the frog’s leg and the pumpkin so it would be easily visible.
2. Make A Treat Station. Because we host a party on Halloween evening, this is a fun way for the kids who attend to make their own treat bags. I started with an orange blanket to hang on the wall. I covered it with several layers of Spider Webs and strategically placed spiders and added a large plastic spider web on the blanket.
On the buffet table, I added a folded white tablecloth and covered with more spider webs. Around the edges, I added Halloween lights for a festive touch. I added our teal pumpkin, various allergy-friendly candy in spider web bowls, and a small sign proclaiming the candy “Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Nut Free.” Treat Bags added to one side of the table make it easy for the kids to create their own custom bag of candy. *If you prefer not to use candy for your allergy friendly Halloween, small toys are always a good choice. A kid favorite in our neighborhood is the small bottles of slime. Bubbles are always fun too.
3. Make Treat Bags. Don’t want the hassle of making a buffet station? Just want to have bags ready to hand out at the door? This is the easy way! I used a small orange wire container with a fall ribbon wrapped around the sides for an easy treat bag holder.
4. Make Your Own Spider Jar. This added a “spooky” touch to our buffet table and took only minutes to make! All you need is an apothecary jar, stretchable spider webs, and plastic spiders. Depending on the size of your jar, you will need one to two packages of stretchable spider webs. I added two to completely fill my jar. Arrange three spiders (or as many spiders as you want!) in a diagonal row along the front of the jar. Spread extra stretchable spider webs along the outside of the jar for added effect.
Allergy Friendly Candies:
I picked a selection of candies which are all of the following; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Nut Free.
*Skittles & Starburst Big Time Fun Packs
* Dubble Bubble Favorites Assorted Gum including grape, apple, watermelon and original flavor bubble gum
*Charms Carnival Candy which includes Blow Pops®, Sugar Babies®, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da Pops®, Sugar Daddy®, Charms® Sweet Pops®, Sugar Mama Caramels, Tear Jerkers® Sour Bubble Gum and Blow Pop® Bubble Gum.
You can also use these candies:
*Smarties (US Only. The Canadian version has wheat for some reason.)
*Dum Dum Lollipops
*As always, carefully read the back of the package or call the company if you have any questions. Ingredients in products can change unexpectedly. There are, of course, other candies available that meet all these criteria. If you know of others, let us know in the comment section!
I’m excited that the baby will be able to experience Halloween just like the other kids and wish I had thought of participating in this years ago! Do you or your children have food allergies? What do you do to allow them to participate in Halloween festivities?