A local mom wants to raise awareness that all those goodies handed out for Halloween might not be great for every kid.
“Trick or treating is supposed to be a fun time,” said Angela Bahn, of Jacobus.
But every year, it can be disappointing for her daughter, Kylee, 6.
Kylee was 18 months old when she had her first bite of peanut butter and jelly, broke out into hives and was rushed to the doctor. She was diagnosed with a peanut allergy, though her mom said she avoids most kinds of nuts just to be on the safe side.
So when Kylee heads door to door on Halloween and is greeted with a bowl full of peanut butter cups, it can be tough. Her parents check her candy, and Kylee trades her dad for any peanut items later.
Bahn said she thinks a lot of people don’t realize how prominent nut allergies are.
“There’s so many choices of candy out there these days, licorice and things, that are nut-free,” she said.
She keeps a list of them on her refrigerator, she said, because people have asked her on other holidays what would be appropriate to buy for Kylee.
“I still check the package,” Bahn said.
The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation has several articles online about how to keep kids with allergies safe at Halloween.
How do you handle Halloween with food allergies?