(From a recent press release)
Enjoy Life Foods teamed up with Gina Clowes of AllergyMoms.com to help ensure that kids with food allergies aren't scared to trick or treat this Halloween. These helpful tips for being allergy-aware this Halloween can make trick or treating safe and fun for EVERYONE:
1. Be proactive. If you know of children in the neighborhood with food allergies, ask their parents what types of candies are safe. They'll be thrilled to know you care.
2. Keep a stash of “safe candy” or fun trinkets. Kids with food allergies or intolerances will be grateful to receive something they can actually enjoy. [Enjoy Life has a range of products to choose from].
3. Be discreet. If you know a child has food allergies, don't ask “Oh, you’re the one with the peanut allergy, right?” Kids want to fit in and don't like to be singled out.
4. Everyone loves ingredient labels. Give out candy with clear ingredient labels so parents and children can decide which candies are safe.
5. Don't drop candy into kids’ bags. Allow each child to select his or her candy. More often than not, they'll know which candies are safe and which aren't.
6. Listen to the children. If a child says “No thank you,” it may be because they don't see a safe option in what’s being offered. Don't make a fuss by insisting they take candy that may not be safe for them.
7. Parents know best. Don't assume that peanut allergy is the only allergy. There are many types of food allergies and food intolerances, so it’s important to let parents decide what candy is safe for their child.
8. Think of your guests. If you’re entertaining for Halloween, don't leave candy dishes unattended and be mindful of children “stashing” candy. Young children with food allergies may be easily tempted by “unsafe” candy.
“More than anything, children with food allergies just want to be included, and Halloween is no exception” says Gina Clowes of AllergyMoms.com. “We need to do our best to protect them, but we need to do it in a way that doesn't make our food-allergic kids feel as if they are being singled out,” she adds.
Great ideas EL and Gina: Thank you!