September  2011
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We're coming up on what can be  a scary time of year.  Halloween  is the first of the food-filled fall  holidays. In this issue, I'm  sharing  some of my best tips for  navigating the tricky parts of  Halloween and I'll be hosting a  FREE teleseminar call,  sponsored by Allergic Living  Magazine on October 18, 2011.  Everyone who registers will be  sent a link to the recording. And we're giving away some fun freebies too!
Are you overwhelmed? Are you worried about your child being safe or included at school parties? Does trick-or-treating seem dangerous or impossible? Let's talk about what works. Every child deserves a Happy Halloween!
Join me on October 18th. There are a limited number of spots available for the call, so click HERE to sign up today!
Gina Clowes

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Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating!   

By Gina Clowes                                  Trick or Treat!

As a child, I couldn't wait for   Halloween. Transforming  into   a princess or  superhero  was   thrilling, and the best part was  coming home and dumping   my  loot onto the kitchen table.

As a parent of a food-allergic  son, however, I quickly   realized that celebrating Halloween could pose a serious health risk. Still, I didn't want him to miss out on the same thrills and giggles from the beloved autumn night. So over the years, I've come up with a few tricky tips to keep the fun in Halloween for children with food allergies.

Click here for my tips for ages 0-2 years, 2-4 (My favorite: Bait & Switch), 5-8 (Trade Up!), 8 and above (the easiest crowd) and tips for keeping siblings content. (peanut date anyone?)

Read the entire article, which I wrote for Allergic Living magazine, here.  


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31 Safe* Candy Treats!
Gina Clowes              
Candy Bucket! 

There is no such thing as a completely "safe" candy or snack. What is safe for one child could be harmful to another.


However, we all need a place to start. The treats listed below are free of many (but not all) of the major allergens.  Check the labels and the websites, and call manufacturers to find out if they are safe for your child.  


Keep in mind: Ingredients change without notice; different sizes of the "same" candy can have different ingredients, and different versions of the same candy always have different ingredients. Precautionary labels (ie. "may contain") are voluntary.     


Read the label every time. When in doubt, call the manufacturer or do without.  


Happy Halloween!  



Airheads  Multi-colored and flavored taffy strips.


Bottlecaps  Soda flavored candy. (Root beer, orange etc.)  


Divvies  Chocolate ghosts, Halloween jelly beans, caramel and kettle corn, all made to share!    


Dots  Candy corn dots are safe for many too!


Dum Dums These, (along with Smarties) are food allergy family favorites as they are safe for a variety of allergies.


Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars  Three varieties. My kids love the crispy rice milk chocolate.


Frito Lay  Regular Lay's potato chips, Ruffles, Tostitos, and Fritos are safe for many allergies.  


Fun Dip  Candy stick + candy dip = Fun!


Gimbals Jelly Beans  Very allergy aware company.


Hot Tamales   Similar to Mike & Ikes with cinnamon flavor.


Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum  My kids love the bubble tape version.


Jolly Ranchers  Sticks and hard candy.


Jujubes (and Jujyfruits)  Great for decorating cakes and cookies too.


Lemonheads  Small size and jaw breaker size.


Life Savers (hard candies & gummies)  My kids love the gummy variety.


Mike & Ike  Popular movie candy.


Necco Wafers  Oldie but goodie shows up a lot at Halloween.


Nerds  My son and his friends love these sugary nuggets.


Nik-L-Lip  Those cute little wax bottles with colored sugar water inside.


Pez  Fun, convenient and safe for most allergies. A clever Pez dispenser is good for trading unsafe candy.


Pixy Stix  Messy but fun. Teens like the larger size.


Pure Fun  Tasty way to avoid dyes and gmo's.


Razzles  First it's a candy, then it's a gum!


Skittles  A "safe" candy that is a Halloween favorite.


Smarties (US version)  These are a favorite for many allergy moms. Safe for many allergies.  Smarties pops are good too!


Sour Patch Kids  Tangy, sweet-sour gummy candy.


Spree (regular only) Chewy variety contains egg.


Starburst Another allergy mom favorite.


Surf Sweets   Organic gummy bears, worms and jelly beans free of dyes and all common allergens.


Swedish fish  These little red fish are another Halloween favorite.


SweeTarts  Regular only as chewy sweetarts contain egg.


Wack-o-wax (wax lips) Red lips or the vampire teeth anyone?


Warheads  Super sour candy not for the faint of heart.


Yummy Earth Organic lollipops, drops and other dye-free candy.  


Click here to comment or add more to our list!      


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Food Free Treats!   


My favorite part: the Non-edible treats! I give non-edible treats every year and the kids are so happy to look through my bowl of trinkets. I love knowing that these will be kept in the "safe" pile at the end of the evening.  


Here is where I find them:


Target One of my favorites. I usually buy these goodies located at the front of the store when they are 50 or 75% off. So you get $1 toys for 25 to 50 cents each.  There are always some appropriate novelty items for teachers too.


Oriental Trading  The gold standard for inexpensive, non-edible trinkets and party favors.


Michaels Store  They have a nice section of toys and inexpensive gifts  like decorative post it notes, journals, candles and more for $1.  When these go on clearance, you can stock up for Halloween, stocking stuffers or party favors.


Dollar Tree  All of the crafts, toys, and trinkets from your local dollar store, now online!


Party City  All party stores have goodies for treat bags. The great thing about non-edible treats is that you can save them for any occasion. (Maybe a little surprise in the lunch box or from the tooth fairy!)



I hope these tips help you plan a Happy Halloween.  Every holiday can be celebrated safely even with food allergies. Focus on what your child can enjoy: the costumes, decorations, silly games and spooky fun and you'll find Halloween can be a treat for your whole family!


Need more help? Feeling scared, stressed or overwhelmed about parties, candies and your child's safety?  


Join us for 7 Secrets to a Safe and Happy Halloween! A free teleseminar call hosted by Gina Clowes and sponsored by Allergic Living Magazine. 


Register here today!

(A link to the recording will be sent to everyone who registers.) 



(c) 2011 Gina Clowes    


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Still have questions about Halloween classroom parties, safe trick-or-treating, or how to help your allergic child and siblings cope?  


Join me for a FREE teleseminar call sponsored by Allergic Living Magazine on October 18th!  Register HERE.  


Every child deserves a Happy Halloween!  


There are a limited number of slots available for the call. Register today!