When your child has food allergies, holidays that are centered around candy can be hard. Halloween is probably the hardest.
Last Halloween was difficult for us and that was only with a few known food allergies. Kelsie now has 11, and to locate candy that is safe, is not an easy task. I feel as if we have turned over every candy bar, lollipop, and gummy at each store we encounter, just to read the ingredients label, and to be disappointed.
On our most recent trip to Whole Foods Market in Tallahassee, I found a lot of candy brands that offer treats for Kelsie’s 11 allergies. We were so relieved! We bought a lot, and have made notes of websites to order more as we see the need.
These treats are free from: soy (except soy lecithin), eggs, tree nuts, shell fish, vanillan (that is the artificial vanilla that a lot of companies are using), pineapple, sweet potato, oat, blue dye, corn, and tomato.
- Surf Sweets -These are yummy gummy candies, that you can find in that popular sour form, that so many kids love!
- YummyEarth – Kelsie loves their lollipops. The flavors pack a fruity punch. Their gummy’s are great too.
- Natural Nectar – These are exactly like TicTacs but they are all natural. This was a great find on our last trip to Whole Foods.
- Go Organic – Think Starburst of the all natural world! They also make hard candy that is just as scrumptious!
You can always go with the non-candy route, which works just as great. They last longer then candy and a lot of kids would much rather get “stuff” as opposed to candy. Glow in the dark bracelets, temporary tattoos, vampire fangs, Halloween pencils and/or erasers, Mardi Gras beads, slap bracelets, stickers, spider rings, witch fingers, and bubbles are all great candy alternatives that kids of all ages love.
If you are going to be home this year on Halloween, you should really think about participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. It’s a project that FARE has put together to bring awareness to communities across the country. Wouldn’t it be great if everybody that passed out candy on Halloween also had a teal painted pumpkin with a sign that read they are providing non-candy treats for trick or treaters suffering from food allergies! I know that it would make trick or treating for those that suffer food allergies a lot easier and more comforting, knowing that they were thought of. I know little things like this make Kelsie feel a lot better about her food allergies.
Even if you aren’t going to be home, paint a pumpkin teal anyways! People are bound to be curious as to why there are teal pumpkins popping up on their neighbors porches and Google will be bombarded with what the teal pumpkins are all about, thus bringing awareness!
I contacted our local news regarding the teal pumpkin project because I hadn’t seen anything covered locally. Well, they replied and wanted to do a story. A very sweet journalist came to our house on Friday night and we painted our pumpkins and they did a story on our local news. I want to thank WMBB again for covering an issue that hits home to us. I am looking forward to seeing some teal pumpkins this Halloween! You can read our article here. There isn’t a video link, and I have uploaded a recording of it on our Facebook page, which you can visit here. While your there, be sure to “like” us so that you can stay up to date with our recipes and latest happenings!