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Unmasking Your Food Allergies: Your Halloween Allergy Survival Guide

There is so much excitement for little ones around the Halloween season. From dressing up as their favourite superhero or animal to getting lots of free treats, it’s a wonderful adventure. Halloween can be a challenging time of year for those with food allergies or food intolerances. Use this Halloween allergy survival guide to help you learn the basics of celebrating safely with as minimal an impact as possible. There are all sorts of tricks, including staying snack-aware and signing up for complete body testing. You can also learn how to plan your Halloween adventures with allergies in mind. Take a look at the treats below!

Snack-size treats are different from full-size treats

Mini or snack-sized treats sometimes contain different ingredients than their full-size companions. Sometimes, they are processed in a different facility or on machinery that also processes allergen-containing candy. Check the ingredients, and read the labels for everything in your child’s trick-or-treat bag. Remove treats from your child’s stash if necessary. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry!

Do this with every candy choice you are considering. Then, list the ones that are and are not safe. You can give that list to your child, their teacher, and other caretakers. This will help them know the risks, too!

Have a treat swap with trusted friends

If you know your child will bring home allergen-containing treats, make it into a game. Explain that there are allergens in their treats, and these need to be picked out. Then, put the “bad” treats into a bag to give to a friend, family member, or the mysterious “treat fairy”. You’ll swap these for “good” treats.

If you make this a planned part of the Halloween celebration, your children will never feel cheated. It will just be part of the fun!

Treats aren’t the only possible allergens

Tips for a safe Halloween season

Below, we’ll cover how to trick-or-treat with food allergies or food intolerances. But first, take a moment to remember that Halloween comes with more than candy. It also comes with face paint, masks, and other changes to a child’s wardrobe. But, these temporary changes could contain non-food allergens or intolerances (e.g., latex).

Not sure if those will cause an issue for your child? Complete body testing can give you a full profile of problem areas. Once you have those results, carefully check your costume and food details. This way, Halloween stays safe and fun! Plus, that information will be valuable all year long.

Tips for a safe Halloween season

Now, carefully plan an evening of safe trick-or-treating! Use this Halloween allergy survival guide to help prepare and execute the perfect spooky night!

No candy testing

One of the best ways to ensure your little one doesn’t have an allergic reaction is to prevent them from snacking while they’re out. If the rule is to wait until they get home, you can safely oversee ingredient checking and be prepared to help if they do react to something.

Avoid homemade goodies

This should be the rule whether at a party, on their trick-or-treating route, or even at home after the fact. Since they can contain many possible allergens, it’s always best to avoid them. Your little one can learn how to decline homemade treats at parties. Plus, you can swap out homemade treats at home for allergen-friendly goodies instead.

Plan your route

Before Halloween night, plan your trick-or-treating route as a family and try to focus on homes/stops that serve allergen-friendly options alongside classic ones. Since more and more children have issues with food, this has become a lot more common. You can even have a neighbourhood online group where each house specifies what they put out so everyone can plan routes.

Have an allergy-aware friend

One of the most important details is to ensure that your trick-or-treater has someone with them who is aware of their allergies and will keep an eye on them when they are out. This includes watching for a reaction and knowing what to do if one were to occur. Remember that sometimes a severe allergy can be triggered by your child coming into contact with another child who has eaten something with their allergen. It is no one’s fault, but it must still be managed quickly and calmly.

Prepare for Halloween

If someone has food allergies, intolerances, or even non-food allergies, preparation is vital. Before you pick a costume or buy snacks, consider complete body testing for every household member so that you know exactly what is safe and for whom. A safe Halloween starts with accurate information, after all!

Are you ready to unmask the truly scary part of Halloween? You’re now ready to start preparing for a fun, healthy holiday! This Halloween allergy survival guide will give you the support you need and deserve so that everyone is included in your special plans!

Intolerance Testing at Halloween

Halloween should be a period where you simply head out in your chosen costume and enjoy some trick or treating with your friends or siblings. But for many children and teens, Halloween is filled with either sweet intolerances or sweet allergies. When it comes to making this holiday fun, part of planning properly for it is going to be in learning more about sweet intolerances and sweet allergies.

Sugar intolerances

Just like other intolerances, sugar intolerances have certain traits to watch out for. Sugar intolerances are deemed to be rarer than a lot of other intolerances, but they do happen and should be taken seriously when they do transpire. Common symptoms to watch out for include:

•  Bloating and stomach pain: if you are experiencing from looting or stomach pain directly after eating sugar, it could be a sign an intolerance

•  Gas: If you are feeling very gassy, especially in the abdominal region, you could be intolerance to sugar.

•  Diarrhoea: If sugar is causing you problems at the toilet, it’s also a sign that your system is struggling to digest and process the sugary food.

Sugar intolerances can often take an hour or even a few hours to settle in, as the sugar needs to make its way down to the stomach and start going through the digestive tract.

Sugar allergies

Sugar allergies are considered to be rare, but allergies to sugar can arise in children, particularly as they are exposed to high quantities of sugar around the Halloween period. Some of the symptoms to watch for are:

•  Sneezing: Considered to be amongst the most moderate symptoms for an allergy, frequent sneezing is one of the most usual ones to expect.

•  Abdominal pain: Mild to moderate to severe abdominal pain is common with those who have sugar allergies. It can be paired with diarrhoea, too, usually fast-acting or appearing.

•  Hives: Like other allergies, sugar allergies can cause hives, especially concentrated on the mouth and face area.

•   Difficulty breathing: Trouble breathing or other classic anaphylaxis symptoms are also signs to expect with a sugar allergy, though they often are thought to be rare.

Unlike sugar intolerances, a sugar allergy will happen quickly, almost immediately after sugar is consumed. This makes it comparable to what to expect from other traditional food allergies.

How to prepare

If you are worried about your little one having a sugar intolerance or allergy, the best way to be ready is to observe your child consuming their Halloween treats and be ready to intervene if needed. Most times, you’ll know of a child’s allergy soon after proper food consumption in their infancy, but food intolerances often get missed or slip below the radar. This will prioritize everyone’s comfort, safety and entertainment this Halloween season, trust us, we’re experts.

Make sure you’re ready for any spooky intolerances that may arise this season and remember that Halloween can still be fun even with an allergy or intolerance. You just need to be ready for it and make any changes that are needed for everyone to go out in their ideal costume and have a spooktacular time!

Top 6 Gluten-Free Sweets for Halloween

Are your little ones all set for ‘Trick or Treating’ this year? We certainly are! With Halloween in just two weeks, we know how difficult it is to find yummy sweets that are allergy-friendly and safe for your kids to consume on Halloween night. This can be a tricky task for parents but don’t be spooked, Lifelab Testing is here to help you along the way with the top 6 Gluten-Free Sweets for Halloween.

1. Haribo

You’ve all seen the adverts, Haribo can affect us in all different ways. For Halloween, Haribo’s are the perfect treat! Why? Because they have an entire range of gluten-free sweats to fill up your ‘Trick or Treat’ pumpkin. Such as their Horror Mix, Trick or Treat Tub and Fangtastics! Give them a go and spoil your kids this Halloween, but please do check the ingredients carefully.

2. Swizzel Matlaw

One of the nation’s many favourites when it comes to sweets. Swizzel Matlaw are a child’s favourite when it comes to Halloween, they’re full of fizz, a little something sweet and perfect for a little vampire’s fix. Their range is Trick or Sweet, Chew Crew, Fiendish Lolly Fizz and Trick or Treat Tub. Fancy an allergy-friendly and sometimes Gluten-Free treat? Check out Swizzel Matlaw. Make sure you check the packaging closely though!

3. Candyland

Champions Halloween Selection Pack is gluten-free and can be the perfect treat for your kids this Halloween. Candyland have a great offering which will be perfect for your little horrors. Check out their great range which will be perfect for your kids if they are suffering from a gluten intolerance. 

4. Wrigleys

You can still taste the rainbow this Halloween as all Skittles are gluten-free as well as Trick or Treat Starburst and Random’s Spooky Mix. So, the additional bonus of eating some of the tastiest sweets around, these popular treats are the perfect Halloween surprise. 

5. Cadburys

BOO! Did that make you scream? If not, Cadbury’s Screme Eggs might! Filled with green slime and the perfect Frankenstein treat. Give your children, and yourself, the ultimate Halloween filled experience with these tasty and yummy treats! 

6. Maynards

Maynards have a couple of non-gluten sweets to choose from in their Spooky treats pack and sour tricks pack. Make sure your children can consume these delightful treats by ordering your test today! 

Don’t be frightened to let your children indulge in the above sweets this Halloween as they are all gluten free and still just as yummy! Before you go ‘Trick or Treating’, treat yourself to a Lifelab Testing kit for as little as £74.99 and don’t be tricked by an allergy.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween from Lifelab Testing!Click here to read our top tips on how to know if you have a food allergy.