Halloween and Food Allergies

Activities Everyone Can Enjoy

For most kids, Halloween is a night of fun but for kids with allergies and food sensitivities it could be life threatening. Nuts, dairy, sugar, gluten and more…some treats are nightmarish tricks to allergic kids. Do you cancel Halloween? Heck no! Here’s how to have a Halloween for Kids with Food Allergies.

Host an at-home Halloween Party

The best way to “control” Halloween is to do it in your already-safe home environment. Invite some of your child’s friends to come sit around your kitchen table and “feel” their way through you haunted house (also called a blind haunted house)!

Peeled grapes in a bowl are eyeballs.
Cooked spaghetti with a bit of oil feels like intestines.
Cauliflower feels like brains.
Cream of corn feels like vomit.
Relish feels like squishy snot.
A long pickle feels like a tongue. Ewwwwww!

Scavenger Hunt Halloween

Have the kids follow notes from room to room in a scavenger hunt. Dollar store Halloween-themed items can be your treasures…skulls, pumpkins, ghosts, witches’ hats, etc…

Music Mash
The Adams Family – tv soundtrack
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Witch Doctor – the chipmunks
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
Spiderman – tv soundtrack
Scooby Do – tv soundtrack


There are alternatives to Halloween candy for kids with food allergies or sensitivities…Halloween Loot Bags (or just items to have on hand in case a trick or treater with food sensitivities comes to your door ) includes...

Homemade Halloween music cd
Playing cards
Halloween themed jewellery

Check out more scary secrets for making this Halloween terrific-ly terrifying.

Caroline Fernandez shares family friendly activities and tips on her site Parent Club. She is the author of Boredom Busters (Silver Birch Honor Book Award) and More Boredom Busters available in bookstores everywhere. Read her at www.parentclub.ca and follow her on twitter @ParentClub

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