Between helping your kid choose a costume and taking note of where they stash their trick-or-treating haul — you know, so you can sneak into it later — Halloween comes with a long to-do list. But for the parent who has to consider peanut allergies, Halloween also means nailing down safe candy and snacks, as well as talking to your kids about how to avoid the allergen during school events and get togethers with friends. That's why having some ideas to make Halloween treats for kids with peanut allergies will help take some of the work off your plate, whether you are navigating classroom parties or hitting the road to trick-or-treat.
As you research, it's important to note that manufacturers do sometimes change ingredients and processing methods, so be sure to thoroughly read labels with each purchase, check company websites for noted changes, and even make a phone call to ensure the food is safe for your child to consume.
The Food and Drug Administration must list "peanut" clearly on the ingredient label if it contains peanut, according to Kids With Food Allergies. But advisory statements such as “may contain peanut” or “made in a facility with peanut” are voluntary, and highly refined peanut oil will not be labeled as a major allergen on an ingredient statement.
Last but certainly not least, make sure your child has all rescue medications on hand, like EpiPens, before joining in the spooky activities. While the hope is they will never have to take such measures, it's important to be prepared in the event a peanut ingredient is accidentally consumed.
1. Dum Dums Lollipops
Dum Dums do not contain many of the food allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, or wheat gluten, according to the company's website. The lollipops are produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment, meaning you don't have to worry about traces of allergens in the candy. Dum Dums does note that trace amounts of refined soy oil are used during the manufacturing process, though.
2. Lollipop Ghosts
Take Dum Dums lollipops and add tissues, ribbon, and a Sharpie to create One Little Project's adorable lollipop ghosts. Use the step-by-step guide to create a fun, peanut-free option for class parties that's festive to boot.
4. Candy Corn Crawlers
How adorable are these little critters? Follow Bakerella's step-by-step instructions for creating Candy Corn Crawlers — just make sure to choose nut-free products before constructing the fun spiders, making swaps when necessary.
Like Skittles, Starburst are produced by the Wrigley/Mars company and are free of the top eight allergens as of the 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide produced by Kids With Allergies.
6. Halloween-Themed Veggie Tray
Hosting a party for kiddos? Don't be afraid to throw some veggies in there. Put a smile on their faces with this Halloween-appropriate vegetable skeleton from Fork & Beans. While this one is constructed from cut veggies that sit atop hummus, you can use whatever peanut-free ingredients you have on hand to make a creation of your own.
7. YumEarth Candies
All of the company's products are peanut and nut-free, including their limited time Halloween line of Gummy Jack-o-lanterns, Candy Corn, and Halloween Fruit Lollipops. Check out their website for details on allergens in other products and the company's manufacturing process.
8. Tangerine Pumpkins & Banana Ghosts
What could make fruit more fun than when it is shaped into cute little pumpkins and ghoul-ish bananas? Use this three-step guide from FLO & GRACE to create a Halloween party hit with minimal ingredients.
9. Hershey's Bars & Kisses
Hershey's milk chocolate kisses and 1.55-ounce milk chocolate bars do not contain peanuts and are produced in a nut-free facility, as well as on a dedicated, tree nut-free manufacturing line. Hershey's has strict policies about not only naming peanuts and other top allergens on the ingredients label, but listing any cross contamination that may have occurred as a result of the manufacturing process, such as a shared facility or equipment.
10. Cheese & Pretzel Broomsticks
All you need is cheese, pretzels, and chives to make these adorable brooms from One Little Project. Check package ingredients for individual products to be sure they are free of nuts.
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