Peanut Allergy and Halloween: What You Can Do

I have a peanut allergy, and as a kid on Halloween, my parents would have to take half (or more) of the candy away that I came home with because it had peanuts or the peanut warning. It was so devastating and frustrating as a kid (before I knew what it was like to actually be devastated and frustrated). While I hope it has gotten better over the years, ever since then, I still think about every kid with a peanut allergy on Halloween.

Now, I know we can’t cater to every allergy on Halloween, but according to Food Allergy Canada, “Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies, and it is considered a priority food allergen by Health Canada. Priority food allergens are the foods that cause the majority of allergic reactions.”

What you can do:

Obviously, don’t buy candy with peanuts or the warning. Parents of someone with a peanut allergy should do the same to set an example, even if their child has “outgrown” trick-or-treating.

At least buy candy with ingredients on the individual packages.

Buy many options of candy. This will be helpful for kids with other allergies too.

Spread awareness. Tell friends and family to buy peanut-free candy. Post about it on social media. Not only for someone you know but for all kids.

If you’re a parent of a child with a peanut allergy, tuck some peanut-free candy away then give it to your child if they end up having to throw lots away.

Also, know that it’s not the time to teach your child about being grateful. If they think about the candy being taken away instead of the candy they got to keep, just let them. Empathize with them. If they say it isn’t fair, it isn’t.

Please make this a safe and fun Halloween for everyone!

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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