Food allergies make Halloween a little tricker, one mom says

These kids went trick-or-treating in West Manchester Township last year. But for kids with allergies, Halloween can be a bit ... tricker. (File photo)

These kids went trick-or-treating in West Manchester Township last year. But for kids with allergies, Halloween can be a bit … trickier. (File photo)

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?

Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record. Follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1

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2 Responses

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    This may sound excessive, but it can certainly make the trick or treating experience fun for allergy kids. Visit the homes on your street that you plan to stop at and give them a treat to hand out to your child. They will remember you when you come back and simply say “do you have a special treat for (name)?” You may be limiting the number of houses that you can visit but it still allows for a fun time and no need to take candy away or trade later because they will be able to eat everything in their goodie bag.

  2. April Trotter says:

    Thanks for weighing in with a great tip, Mary Ellen!

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