Susan Kelly, BSN, RN and local mom to a child with food allergies, shared tips on how to make Halloween safer this year due to COVID-19 and for those with food-allergies. Here’s some helpful tips to make sure Halloween is filled with fun for everyone!
Follow the CDC guidelines
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes
- Maintain 6 feet of social distance from others
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Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project
- Choose non-food items for trick-or-treaters (stickers, tattoos, pencils, etc) bagged on a table outside your door, to prevent kids from digging in the same bowl and spreading germs
- Carry 2 epinephrine auto injectors, know when to use them, and the symptoms of anaphylaxis
- Follow your Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan
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Check Your Candy
- Do not share food, candy, or drinks with friends
- Check your candy, read all labels (carefully checking all the ingredients) if you can’t read it, don’t eat it!
- Have a stash of your favorite safe sweets at home to enjoy from the Spokin list
- Seek out FAACT Halloween alternative activities
- Order sweets from allergy-friendly bakeries including Allies GF Goodies, The Sweet Peace, Sweet to Lick, and Bare Naked Bakery & Cafe
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Tell your friends and neighbors to take the Teal Pumpkin Pledge that way Halloween can be safe for everyone. Display the Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge certificate on your window or door for the neighborhood to see. Happy Halloween!