Halloween Dietary Considerations
Costumes, loud noises, sugar, sugar, and more sugar... For families with autism, Halloween can be a nightmare. Below are some precautions that can help prevent your child from goblin up foods they are sensitive and/or allergic to.
- Teach your child not to eat anything they get from trick-or-treating without your permission.
- A house with a teal pumpkin on the doorstep will have non-food treats available for trick-or-treaters.
- Before Halloween, deliver allergy-friendly treats to neighbors to give to your child on Halloween.
- Be sure to explain to them about your child, what they will be dressed as, and how much your whole family will appreciate their support.
Exchange the candy your child can’t eat for something extra special they’ll enjoy, such as:
- Toys; candy/treats that are safe for them to eat; money; extra time on electronics; a trip to the zoo, movies, or local theme park; etc.
Find out what’s on the menu so you can bring along similar items that are safe for your child to eat.
- Consider bringing enough for your child to share with everyone so they don’t feel singled out eating something that’s different from everyone else.
Don’t let your child eat food or candy of which you are unfamiliar.