Use these tips to help prevent allergy, asthma and food allergy issues, before during and after trick-or-treating, and get ideas for treats that are safe for children with food allergies.


  • Eczema and Face Paint

    Eczema and Face Paint

    Use hypoallergenic face paint for costumes. Avoid face and grease paints if your child has chronic red, itchy skin.

  • Colored Hair Spray

    Colored Hair Spray

    If using colored hair spray, don't spray toward the face, and use it in a well-ventilated area to avoid irritating eyes and lungs.

  • Asthma and Trick-or-Treating

    Asthma and Trick-or-Treating

    Consider pretreating for asthma. Emotions, such as excitement, cool air and dust can trigger asthma attacks in some children.

  • Safe Treats for the Road

    Safe Treats for the Road

    Avoid the unknown, take a safe candy alternative with you as you are trick-or-treating.

  • Be Prepared for Emergencies

    Be Prepared for Emergencies

    Always carry epinephrine with you if it was prescribed for your child’s food allergies.

  • Wait to Eat Treats

    Wait to Eat Treats

    Wait to eat candy until you get home and can inspect it.

  • No Label, No Eat

    No Label, No Eat

    Don’t eat candy that doesn’t have a label.

  • When in Doubt, Toss it Out

    When in Doubt, Toss it Out

    Don’t eat candy that shows any signs of tampering.

  • Missing Allergen Information

    Missing Allergen Information

    If candy labels don’t show allergen information, look up the candy’s ingredients online.

  • Non-Food Treat Ideas

    Non-Food Treat Ideas

    Offer non-food items for kids with food allergies. Ideas include pencils, crayons, rings, glow-in-the-dark necklaces & rings, spinning tops, sunglasses, small toys, hair bands, barrettes, puzzle booklets, handheld puzzles and yo-yos.

  • Teal Pumpkin = Non-Food Treats

    Teal Pumpkin = Non-Food Treats

    Display a teal pumpkin if you offer non-food treats. Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project from the Food Allergy Resources and Education organization.

  • Halloween Treat Shopping Guide

    Halloween Treat Shopping Guide

    Offer nut-free candy. See a list of suggestions.

  • How to Manage Candy Intake

    How to Manage Candy Intake

    Try to balance candy consumption by allowing a piece or two a day instead of all-you-can-eat.



This information has been approved by Christine B. Cho, MD, September 2017.