Health Professionals provide candy alternatives for Trick- or-Treating


With Halloween around the corner, most people will be eating or giving out candy.
But, health professionals say there are other options for kids besides candy.

Halloween can be a tricky time for families who have children with food allergies. 
Peanuts, soy, dairy and wheat are found in most candies. But there are still ways to enjoy Halloween.
Instead of giving out candy, you can give out non-food treats such as toys, glow sticks, pencils and more. 
Community Dietitian at Sanford Medical Center, Rachel Iverson, says this way trick or treaters can have options. 
“If they have a severe food allergy it can ruin a whole night even if it’s a minor food allergy. Kids have a lot fear when they know that its something that can impact them, even if it’s an accident. They start to get that anxiety associated and they do not have the time to be kids and enjoy the holiday,” Iverson said.  

One of the most common signs for houses that have allergen free options are teal pumpkins on the porch.

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