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Your Peanut & Nut-Free Candy Guide for Halloween

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Your Peanut & Nut-Free Candy Guide for Halloween

We’ve created this peanut and nut-free candy guide for your children to howl about this Halloween! Keep your mind at ease while still having fun.

Does your child have a peanut or nut allergy, leaving you worried about what lurks in their candy bag this Halloween? Use this Halloween guide to help your kids decide what is safe to eat at school or when trick-or-treating! Here are six tips to make sure you all have a safe and Happy Halloween with peanut and nut-free candy.

Check the ingredients with your child

Toss out candies that do not have nutrition fact labels and ingredient lists. Nut sure what hidden nut ingredients to look for? Avoid these not so obvious peanut and tree-nut ingredients, and check out our allergy article for even more names:

  • Peanuts (1)
    • Arachis oil (another name for peanut oil)
    • Goobers
    • Lupin (or lupine)
    • Mandelonas (peanuts soaked in almond flavoring)
  • Tree Nuts (2)
    • Filbert (hazelnut)
    • Gianduja (a chocolate-nut mixture)
    • Marzipan
    • Praline

Make sure your child has her epinephrine pen at all times

Review how to use it in case of an emergency if you aren’t around!

Highlight nut-free candy alternatives

Reassure your child that there are plenty of other safe and delicious candies to enjoy. You can even promise some home-made, allergy-friendly treats. Here is a list of some peanut-free and nut-free options:

  • Caramel Apple Pops (3)
  • Blow Pop (4)
  • Junior Mints (5)
  • Tootsie Rolls (6)
  • Andes (7)
  • Cry Baby (8)
  • Dots (9)

Start new traditions

Make some nut-free adorable dishes that become a Halloween tradition, like this vampire pasta or boo-licious pops.

Plan ahead

Do some shopping ahead of time so you can drop off some peanut and nut-free candies to your neighbors. Ask them to hand them to your child when he/she comes knocking. Describe your child’s costume to your neighbor so they can spot him out of the crowd!

Save the candy for at home

Hold off on eating candy until you both get home and have time to review the ingredients label for the A-okay. Check for artificial dyes or coloring if your child is sensitive to these as well.  Encourage your child to focus on the trick-or-treating experience – look at all the haunted houses and cool costumes!

Have non-food goodies on hand

You can swap these non-food prizes for the questionable candies. If you’re at a loss of ideas for what to buy, start by choosing from this list:

  • Stickers
  • Erasers
  • Pencils
  • Bouncy balls
  • Glow sticks
  • Temporary tattoos
  • “Scary” accessories

Now that you’ve figured out how to create a safe and nut-free Halloween for your little superhero or monster, take a look at our food allergy articles that dive even further into how you can help your kid with a peanut or nut allergy.

Next check out our free printable Super Crew’s Healthy Halloween Guide, a perfect hand out to make this holiday fun at home or school.

  1. Peanut Allergy (n.d.) Avoiding Peanuts. Food Allergy research and Education. Retrieved from https://www.foodallergy.org/common-allergens/peanut
  2. Tree-nut Allergy (n.d.) Avoiding Tree Nuts. Food Allergy research and Education. Retrieved from https://www.foodallergy.org/common-allergens/tree-nut
  3. Caramel Apple Pops (n.d.). Ingredients label, Retrieved from https://tootsie.com/candy/caramel-apple-pops/caramel-apple-pops
  4. Blow Pop (n.d.).  Ingredients label, Retrieved from https://tootsie.com/candy/charms/charms-blow-pops
  5. Junior Mints (n.d.).  Ingredients label, Retrieved from https://www.tootsie.com/candy/junior-mints/junior-mints
  6. Tootsie Rolls (n.d.).  Ingredients label, Retrieved from https://www.tootsie.com/candy/tootsie-rolls/tootsie-rolls
  7. Andes (n.d.). Ingredients label, retrieved from https://www.tootsie.com/candy/andes/
  8. Cry Baby (n.d.). Ingredients label, Retrieved from https://www.tootsie.com/candy/cry-baby/cry-baby-extra-sour-tears
  9. Dots (n.d.). Ingredients label, Retrieved from https://www.tootsie.com/candy/dots/dots-gumdrops

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Melissa Halas, MA, RD, CDE

Melissa Halas, MA, RD, CDE

Melissa is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a master's in nutrition education. She is the founder of SuperKids Nutrition Inc. Read more about her Super Crew children’s books and her experience as a registered dietitian on the About Melissa and Shop page. Discover how nutrition can help you live your best health potential through her plant-based books and newsletter on Melissa’s Healthy Living.

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