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For candy-loving kids, Halloween is the best holiday of the year! But for kids with dietary restrictions, Halloween can be a disappointment.
This year, no one will be left dispirited. Whether your kids are gluten free, dairy sensitive, allergic to peanuts, or facing any food restriction, they can still enjoy Halloween. Look below to find fun ways to celebrate October 31st with your kids this year.
Whether your child has a nut allergy, gluten intolerance, or dairy sensitivity, knowing the safe list for candies and treats will help you quickly identify which to remove from your kid’s candy bag.
Kids With Food Allergies offers a list of safe candy and chocolate. The candy included on this list has suggestions for sweets that address a variety of restrictions. They also recommend avoiding bags of mixed candy, as cross-contamination can occur. Allergies can be life-threatening, be sure to supervise children with allergies during any Halloween activities.
Teal-painted pumpkins signify homes that are handing out non-edible items for kids with dietary restrictions. Look for these brightly-colored pumpkins in your neighborhood or paint one for your home.
Another option for kids with dietary restrictions is to trick or treat normally and then donate the candy haul. Your family can give to military branches, underprivileged kids, and hospitalized youth, among others. Here are a number of reputable organizations that will gladly accept sealed candy donations.
If your kids are borderline “too old” for trick or treating, then spend a night in the kitchen baking Halloween goodies. Put a spin on Halloween cookies, dip apples in creamy caramel, or make some s’mores by the fire.
By baking at home, you can control each ingredient and make sure your kid adheres to their dietary restrictions as they enjoy Halloween.
Another idea is to host a post-Halloween candy swap. Invite your kid’s friends or neighbors over and let them practice their swapping skills. Consider stocking up on a few non-candy treats or drinks for those kids more sensitive to certain ingredients.
As you prep for trick or treating and the aftermath, remember that a2 Milk® is a perfect treat or ingredient that is easier on digestion and may help some avoid discomfort. a2 Milk® lets that enjoy the sweetness of Halloween and avoid rumbling tummies.
Happy Halloween from a2 Milk®!