Halloween can be a tricky time for kids with food allergies. With food allergies on the rise, chances are several of your little trick or treaters at your door have food allergies. My 4 year old son Aiden has a life threatening peanut allergy and navigating a night of Trick or Treating sounded daunting at first. Now we’ve got it down to a science so he can have fun while remaining peanut safe. Not only is Halloween an important time to discuss food allergy safety, but it is also an important time to share general safety tips for ALL kids on Halloween! Here is a list of safety tips for ALL kids on Halloween:
- Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Create a route that avoids major intersections, but does have safe crosswalks and sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, be sure to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Always look both ways before crossing any street.
- Find new ways to celebrate the holiday. Seek out neighborhood “trunk-or-treats” as alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. These events are great for younger children or in neighborhoods that might be difficult to navigate on Halloween night.
- Keep a portable light on hand (or head). As the sun sets, you don’t want to be caught in the dark. Energizer portable lights ensure you’re ready to hit the streets on Halloween night:
- Energizer® LED 2 in 1 light Fusion Flashlights – Compact and versatile, Energizer Light Fusion Technology products are convenient, water resistant and provide impressively bright long lasting light—easily seen by drivers and other pedestrians.
- Headlights – Powerful Energizer LED headlights are lightweight and convenient – perfect for keeping hands free. That way, you may hold your child’s hand, while their other clutches the ever-important candy container. The headlight can even add to or be a part of a costume!
- Pick the right costume. Choose lightly colored costumes, while avoiding head-to-toe dark selections. Make sure the costume fits properly and shoes are comfortable. If possible, avoid masks and opt for face paint so that vision is not impaired.
- Walk, don’t run. Take your time and walk; don’t run from house to house on Halloween night. Use Energizer portable lights to be aware of decorations or other obstructions in yard and on sidewalks to avoid trips and falls.
- Be selective. Only visit well-lit houses and avoid stopping at dark houses. Remind your children to stay in groups and never accept rides from strangers or enter homes without a parent or guardian.
- Charge your devices. Make sure to charge cell phone and ensure that your flashlight has fresh batteries. Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal Technology is long-lasting and no leaks guaranteed*. Use your cell phone for necessary communications (and adorable photos), otherwise keep it in a purse or pocket to avoid distractions.
I’m so excited to share about the Teal Pumpkin Project with you too! This year paint a pumpkin (real or fake) teal and set it out on your porch to indicate that you have allergy friendly non-food treats available!
Then print out this poster by going HERE and put this poster up on your door so trick or treaters know you have non-food treats available.
Purchasing inexpensive non-food treats to hand out is a great way to include all children in trick-or-treating, and we hope that the Teal Pumpkin Project will be a tradition for years to come. Not only are non-food treats great for kids with food allergies, but they are also great for kids with diabetes or other medical issues that might inhibit them from eating candy.
Examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils. You can find these items at inexpensive prices from places like Amazon, Oriental Trading or the dollar store.
Will you join me in putting out a teal pumpkin and planning for a safe Halloween for everyone?