Allergy-Friendly Halloween Guide {2016}

Our Allergy-Friendly Halloween Guide is presented by LuLaSpooktacular Halloween Sale and Trick-or-Treat Event on October 22nd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mettawa. 

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With all of the trick or treating, costumes, pumpkins, and fun events, Halloween can be a really fun time of the year. However, for parents of a child with food allergies, Halloween can be truly frightening. Research shows that as many as 1 in 13 children suffer from a severe food allergy. Many popular candy contain peanuts, wheat, soy, dairy or eggs which are some of the most common food allergens out there.  No child wants to spend Halloween sitting at home while their friends are trick-or-treating, or even worse–in an Emergency Room on Halloween night.

That’s why we’ve put together our Allergy-Friendly Guide to Halloween in Lake County thanks to LuLaSpooktacular Halloween Sale and Trick-or-Treat on October 22nd. Find out how to make sure Halloween is an allergy-friendly, fun time of year for all.

Teal Pumpkin Project | Allergy-Friendly Treats | Allergy-Friendly Events

The Teal Pumpkin Project 


Halloween Trick or Treat Allergy Awareness
Have you seen a teal colored pumpkin on someone’s step and wondered what it was all about? I know I have. The Teal Pumpkin Project began in 2012, founded by a small town mom of two, Becky Basalone. As the director of a  local support group called the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and mother to a nut-allergic child, Becky came up with the idea of painting a pumpkin teal, which is the color of food allergy awareness.  She handed out non-food items at her house on Halloween such as glowsticks and spider rings so that local kids with allergies could have a fun Halloween too. The following year, 50 houses in the community participated, and Becky was thrilled.

Teal Pumpkin Halloween

In 2014, The non-profit organization Food, Allergy, Research & Education (FARE) decided to make the Teal Pumpkin Project a national project, encouraging homes all over the country to prominently display a teal pumpkin and a sign in their window showing they have allergy-friendly treats available. For 2016, their goal is even bigger–they want to have one house on each block participating in the Teal Pumpkin project. For parents of children with allergies, this is a game-changing addition to trick-or-treating.

Photo Credit: A. Hill
Photo Credit: A. Hill

Even if your child does not have allergies, you can teach them compassion and empathy by participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. It’s so easy to participate! Here are some ways:

  • Get a pumpkin at one of our local pumpkin patches and paint it yourself!
  •  Some stores sell a teal pumpkin kit, that contains the paint and the brush (No carving or scooping out pumpkin goop required for this!)
  • Purchase a pre-made plastic pumpkins at a local craft store.
  • Print out one of the free printable signs from the Teal Pumpkin Project’s website to display in your window so everyone knows you are participating.
  • Register on FARE’s map search so that families can plan to visit you in advance. (Registering is NOT required to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.)

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Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Your house can still be sweet and not scary. There are many allergy-friendly treats that you can pass out on Halloween. I was happy to see that this year Target stores have free take-home lists in store and on their website of allergy-friendly Halloween treats for people to use as a reference when shopping.  The Safe Snack Guide is also a good resource as it lists hundreds of ideas like Mike & Ike candies, Tootsie Rolls, popcorn, Dots, Charms Blowpops,  Smarties, Dum Dums lollipops, and mini bags of potato chips that are generally well-tolerated by most kids (always check the current packaging label.)

At Little Lake County, we may be slightly biased, but we like  Surf Sweets gummy snacks (see our review)!  You may remember them as the sponsor of our 2015 Playground Tour and your child probably brought home several bags home from the park at each event.

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Kids enjoying Surf Sweets during the Little Lake County Playground Tour 2015
Kids enjoying Surf Sweets during the Little Lake County Playground Tour 2015

Non-Food Halloween Ideas 

FARE offers several simple suggestions for non-food items to pass out to trick-or-treaters. However, I want my house to be the coolest house on the block. After a quick Pinterest search I found several non-candy treat ideas that will make even the grumpiest of ghouls and the most wicked of witches smile.

Photo Source : Tater Tots & Jello Blog
Photo Source : Tater Tots & Jello Blog

The first idea is Halloween “Boo-bles” from Tater Tots & Jello.  To make these, you need mini bottles of bubbles. You can buy them in bulk at online or at your local craft or party supply store.  You can either buy some cheap googly eyeballs, Halloween stickers, or print off the free printable tag to decorate them. Even better, make your kids decorate them for you.

Photo Souice: North Story Blog
Photo Souice: North Story Blog

When I saw these super cute glowstick broom sticks I was so excited. What I like best about passing out glow sticks is that it increases the visibility of kids walking around outside at night on Halloween.  All you need to make these is simple stick glow sticks and some black fabric or brown paper bags. To jazz up this project even more, you can add a sign or a small piece of twine around it.  Visit Northstory for full details on how to make it.

Photo Source: Live Simply Blog
Photo Source: Live Simply Blog

I would love to open up my son’s trick or treat bag and find new crayons rather than squished or sticky candy.  This is a great way to use up all of those broken crayons at home, which I know I have a whole drawer full. To make these cute pumpkin crayons, you need a Halloween-themed silicone mold, old crayons and an oven. It’s fairly effortless, follow the instructions from Live Simply about how to make them.  There even is a free printable if you would like to use it with a ziploc baggie as pictured above.


Photo Source : Becoming Martha Blog
Photo Source : Becoming Martha Blog

I just had to include the make your own monster kit. It was too cute to pass up.  You can be creative with this and throw in play-doh with whatever you have in your craft box at home, and voilà, you have a make-your-own monster kit. You can read instructions at Becoming Martha, and find the free printable online.  If you are feeling extra crafty, Living Well Mom tells you how to can make your own playdoh as well.

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Allergy-Friendly Halloween Events 

Having an allergy doesn’t prevent you from getting out around town in your costume.  Our Supreme Guide to Trick or Treating in Lake County has a complete list of trick-or-treat events and community hours.  We’ve taken that list and selected which events are allergy-friendly Halloween events and are passing out only non-food items.

LuLaRoe Spooktacular

22 October 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – LulaSpooktacular Halloween Trick or Treat Multiconsultant Event
Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest, Mettawa
Kids COME DRESSED IN COSTUME as you make your way from consultant to consultant and Trick-or-Treat with each one!  Other activities for kids will include arts and crafts, Disney cartoons, face painting, balloon animals, and more.  This event is also part of the Teal Pumpkin Project meaning all of the trick-or-treat goodies are non-edible and allergy safe!  Parents can participate in legging giveaways every half hours, as well as thousands of pieces of LuLaRoe inventory to shop.

26 October 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Teal Pumpkin Project & Managing Food Allergies Workshop
State Bank of the Lakes, 50 Commerce Dr., Grayslake
Pediatric Interactions is hosting Lindsey Shaffer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, from Meridian Behavioral Health for a discussion with families and professionals interested in learning more about Children with food allergies and how to manage upcoming holidays!RSVP by 10/21/16 to: Kristen Kierna or 847-223-7433.

30 & 31 October  Great Pumpkin Celebration at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shop Gurnee, 6112 W Grand Ave., Gurnee
Drop by at Bass Pro Shops for some trick or treating at select times. They will be passing out non-food items as treats on both the 30th & 31st. In addition there will be face painting and a costume parade.

31 October 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Trick or Treat the Youth Services Department
Deerfield Public Library, Deerfield
Stop by the Youth Services Department on Halloween to show off your costume and get a (non-food) treat!

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Do you have non-allergy-friendly candy to unload? Watch for an upcoming post on where to donate or sell leftover candy in Lake County! 

LuLaSpooktacular Halloween Logo

LuLaSpooktacular Halloween Trick or Treat Multiconsultant Event
 October 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest, 26225 Riverwoods Blvd,  Mettawa

Be sure to join the LuLaSpooktacular Facebook group for updates on this event!

Disclosure: LuLaRoe Spooktacular Halloween Trick-or-Treat Sale is the paid sponsor of our Allergy-Friendly Halloween Guide {2016}


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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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