When you have a child with food allergies, holidays can sometimes be a little tricky. It can be hard to find the balance. It can be difficult finding a way for your little one to enjoy the holidays, depending on what their allergens are. That’s why I decided to put together a list of Halloween activities for kids with food allergies you can celebrate for Halloween that won’t make you feel like your child is missing out.
As my son is getting older and becoming more aware of the different kinds of food like candy and understanding holidays a little more, I want to ensure he’s getting to have his fun too.
Being that a huge part of Halloween candy and treats include his allergens, we decided Trick or Treating isn’t going to be for us. I mean, I think he’d love it, but it’s just not a safe or reasonable option for him. So, I put my thinking cap on and did a little research myself. After doing so, I’m confident knowing that he’ll get to enjoy Halloween just as much (if not more) than the kids who will be Trick or Treating.
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Below is a list of Halloween activities for kids with food allergies to enjoy.
The first thing on my list of Halloween activities for kids with food allergies is pumpkins decorating! This may be something that many families do Halloween halloween, but we have all of November to enjoy pumkins, too, so don’t forget that.
You can carve them. I know many places sell the stencils to make it easy. Or if you’re looking to be a little more creative you can paint them. Your child can pick a favorite character and go to town.
I really love this idea and think I’ll keep it on my list of activities to try in the years to come.
Family Trick or Treat
If you’re totally stuck on the idea of wanting your child to experience this that is fine. You can go get your little one a custume and trick or treat at your families houses instead.
Talk to them about making up little goodie bags that are allergen free and safe. You and your child can even make your own Halloween goodie bags to deliver if they have cousins.
This option may be better if you have a bigger family, but I wouldn’t nix the idea if you don’t. I still think it’d be lots of fun. Remember, for your little one, it’s about the experience and excitement of getting to dress up and show off their costumes.
Number three on my list of Halloween activities for kids with food allergies is simple and relaxing. Find an age-appropriate Halloween movie, grab a bowl of popcorn (if it’s not an allergen) and enjoy.
This may be enough for your little one, but if you feel like it just isn’t cutting it you can amp it up with these suggestions:
- Prepare some movie themed treats to go along with the movie. Or if you’re feeling really motivated make an entire meal.
- Grab some props! If you pick a PJ Masks Halloween movie then maybe grab a pair of PJ Masks pajamas and a stuffed animal or pillow. Maybe even get a Catboy or Owlette figurine for a gift.
- Invite friends/family. Make the occasion a little more special by inviting over a few kids in the same age range. It’ll be like going to the movie theater but better!
If your child really loves the spooky stuff and you have space then you may want to add this one to your list of activities for kids with food allergies.
You can do something small or go all out. Either way, I’m sure they’ll be grateful. You can theme it year to year and put together props. At the end (if it’s themed to a movie) you can gift the movie to them. You can even let them invite their friends over for a walkthrough.
I remember when I was in school, our classrooms would host their own little parties for the holidays. We’d play games, do activities, then walk around the school in a parade for our parents to see us for Halloween.
You can do the same at home! You can start with the parade. Each child can introduce themselves as the character they’re dressed as then they can enjoy their costumes during games and activities. There are tons of games that you can tailor for Halloween that they’ll love.
Halloween Advent Calendar
This one was suggested to me and I love it. It’s a great option to add to a list of Halloween activities for kids with food allergies. If you’re not sure what an advent calendar is, it’s a calendar to count down and celebrate Christmas approaching, but I’ve seen people use the same idea for other holidays too.
You can fill each day with small holiday-related items from the Dollar Store or Target’s dollar spot like stickers, erasers, those little spiders, and other things they may like. Every day they’ll have something to look forward and it’ll last the entire month or you can narrow it down to any time frame you’d like. For example, the two weeks leading up to Halloween. You can even have a slightly bigger gift on the last day.
The last thing on my list of Halloween activities for kids with food allergies is an entire craft day. If your child likes being creative and getting their hands dirty then maybe this option is for you. You can mix it up with Halloween and Thanksgiving inspired crafts so you’ll get to enjoy them even longer.
You can hang them up when you’re done to show them off. Or maybe make some for family and your child can deliver them on Halloween Day.
You don’t have to worry about your child not being able to enjoy Halloween if they have food allergies. There are so many other things you can pick and do that it’ll make up for the lack of candy or Trick or Treating. Depending on what your child’s food allergies are you can include candy in with any of these ideas. But, I thought it’d be good to give suggestions that don’t revolve around candy but instead can be amped up with it.
I think we’ll be combining a few of the ideas that I suggested in this post to make for a really special Halloween. You can’t go wrong with any of these. If you think they’re good ideas and something you’d like to try then add it to your list of Halloween activities for kids with food allergies.
Tell me, how do you plan to celebrate Halloween? Leave a comment below.