Halloween with Asthma and Allergies: Tips for a not scary Halloween night!

Halloween with Asthma and Allergies: Tips for a Not Scary Halloween Night!

The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping, and Halloween is sneaking up on us (BOO!). If your child is living with asthma and/or food allergies, Halloween night can be an especially scary time—trying to keep kids safe while trick-or-treating, at parties, and at dances.

If your kid or teen has asthma or allergies and is heading out on Halloween night, whether trick-or-treating or for a party, here are some things to keep in mind:

Accesibility to medications

Ensure Halloween costumes have accessible pockets or other storage for medication. As someone who wears girl-jeans that often have faker pockets, I contemplate pockets on a regular basis! Ensuring kids costumes have secure pockets or pouches for medications like inhalers and Epi-Pens can help keep emergency medications readily available. Stay tuned for an upcoming post full of ideas for storing meds in costume!

Pro tip: Some costumes were made for keeping meds accessible. If your child is choosing to dress up as a police officer, firefighter, or superhero, tool/supply-belt type items can easily be modified to hold meds. For a robot costume, add “control boxes” secured closed with velcro to store medications.

Ensure if teens are attending Halloween parties or dances that they also have figured out a way to store their medications, even if they are not in costume!

Consider the environment, allergies, and activity. 

An anti-histamine before heading out may help children with allergies manage symptoms while out and about in the grass and pollen on Halloween night depending on your climate. If your child has exercise-induced asthma and tends to run from house to house, following their pre-exercise medication plan may help keep asthma symptoms at bay.
Around here on a nice October night, often adults will sit outside their homes with their bucket of candy and enjoy a fire in their yard while handing out treats. Consider skipping over houses with fires burning to keep the distance from the smoke, or ask a non-asthmatic sibling or friend to bring candy back to the roadside for kids with asthma.

Be prepared with safe snacks

Have safe snacks on hand. This goes for kids with and without allergies! Parents know they should always check their child’s Halloween candy to ensure it’s safe and hasn’t been tampered with, but seriously, for some kids, it’s hard to carry around a bag of candy for hours without a treat!
An adult can keep a few safe, allergy-friendly treats in their pocket or bag for when kids want a little something sweet. Older children may also stick a few safe candies in their pocket from home if they’re heading out with friends.
If teens with food allergies are headed out to a Halloween party or a friend’s house, they can bring safe snacks with them to share, as well.

Identify your allergies and yourself

Wear medical ID. Halloween is at best unpredictable! Whether it’s a last minute change of plans or a swap to a supervising parent who doesn’t know your child as well, medical ID jewelry can provide a bit of extra security (though it’s not a replacement for educating a child’s caregivers!). Insist on kids with asthma or allergies wear their medical ID bracelet or necklace on Halloween, wherever they may be headed!

On top of all the other recommendations to keep kids safe on halloween—like light-colored costumes, reflectors, and lights, and keeping an eye out to ensure safety, Halloween with asthma or allergies can be tough to wrap your mind around! With a little preparation, it can be easier to ensure a safe—and not scary—Halloween night full of fun!

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  • Shellzoo
    5 months ago

    Prior to knowing I have a tree nut allergy, Halloween was not a fun holiday for me. I would eat some of the candy I passed out then always get hives and facial swelling later. Never thought the nuts in the candy were the problem. I think it is great to have allergy safe treats to pass out. Pencils, stickers, trading cards….. I have discovered that there are few chocolate bars that don’t have the possibility of nut contamination. For holidays, I now make my own candies so I know they are nut free. Last year I made toffee.

  • SamuelTaylor moderator
    5 months ago

    I’m glad that you eventually did discover what was causing the problem. What chocolate bars do you go to that are tree-nut contamination free?

    It’s great that you go for the home made route. I always think that home made goods are much better than store bought. Plus you then have total control over the production, thus peace of mind.

    Thank you for sharing Shellzoo!

    Best,
    Samuel, Asthma.net Team

  • Shellzoo
    5 months ago

    Andes mints and Tootsie Rolls. I don’t really care for them so sometimes I get chocolate chips and mix with raisins for a snack. I have to be careful to get chips that are made in a facility that does not process nuts. I made toffee last year, brittle without the nuts and homemade fudge. In Michigan, when you go Up North, it is tradition to get fudge but the don’t clean the kettle between batches so, I have a nice quick microwave recipe that I make instead. There are lots of touristy communities along Lake Michigan and there usually is a fudge shop. Making my own fudge keeps me from being tempted to take a chance at the shops.

  • Valerie1126
    5 months ago

    Great article. I take things a step further. As someone with allergies and asthma I know how difficult it can be for children. I actually have different things for different children based on potential allergies. The parents love it and the kids are happy to get things. We are all in this together.

  • SamuelTaylor moderator
    5 months ago

    That’s great, Valerie! I’m sure it is appreciated by everyone, it is a very thoughtful action. What sort of treats do you have as options? (:

    I wish you well,
    Samuel, Asthma.net Team

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