Halloween can be a great source of fun and candy for healthy children, but for kids with health issues, it can be a source of stress and represent forbidden treats.
Here are some tips to ensure a great time for every little goblin who wanders the streets on Halloween night:
- If you have children with food allergies, make sure to tell them not to eat any candy while they are trick or treating. Once you get back home, go through the candy collected and remove any that contain allergens or that you are not sure about.
- Look for homes with a teal pumpkin; those homes give out non-food treats.
- Be careful with makeup. Children with allergies can be more sensitive to products applied to the skin.
- An asthma attack can be triggered by the stress of getting ready, the running from house to house, the cold weather or even by getting a sudden fright. If you have children with asthma, make sure they bring their rescue medication (or that an adult accompanies them if they are too young to use it themselves).
- Avoid masks, as they can make breathing more difficult.
- When you get back from trick or treating, ask your children to choose their favourite candies and remove the rest, to avoid temptation.
- Allow a small amount of sugary treats in the following days, while being careful to adjust a diabetic child’s food intake and diabetes treatment if necessary.
- The non-food treats offered at homes displaying a teal pumpkin are also an excellent option for children with diabetes.
In all cases, even if your children have no health issues, they should never accept home-made treats. Always go through your children’s “loot” and throw out any candy that is not commercially wrapped or that is in a damaged wrapper.