Handling Allergies on Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and many youngsters have costumes and candy on the brain. While kids are gearing up to trick-or-treat, parents of children with allergies are preparing to comb through goodie bags for snacks that could trigger a reaction.

Jefferson allergist John Cohn, MD, recently spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about managing allergies on Halloween.

“People shouldn’t give anything out that they don’t know what the contents are, and they should be able to answer questions about what they’re giving out,” said Dr. Cohn.

While trick-or-treating can be difficult for parents of children with food allergies, theTeal Pumpkin Project may help ease that stress. The project asks folks to display a teal pumpkin on their doorstep to notify trick-or-treaters that there are non-food items, such as crayons or stickers available.