Keeping kids with food allergies safe on Halloween


Halloween can be difficult for children who have food allergies.

It can be tricky figuring out which Halloween treats a kid can eat if they have food allergies, even if the candy doesn’t contain what they’re allergic to. 

Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and soy can be some of the most common allergies for people to have. Even if a child is just allergic to nuts, nut-free candy could have been produced in a facility where it may have come into contact with nuts. 

A dedicated website has compiled a “Halloween Safe Snacking Guide” to help parents figure out which candies come free of any nuts, or completely free of the top eight allergens.

One trick or treater told 22News she’s had to learn which candies to avoid. 

“Probably Twix, Kit Kats, M&Ms, and Snickers are probably the top candies,” said Mia Pasternak of Chicopee. “It still might be cross-contaminated, which I still can’t take a chance.”

According to the Snack Safely website, Dots, Junior Mints, and Tootsie Rolls are all free of peanuts and tree nuts and contain none of the top eight allergens. 

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