For as long as I can remember, Pookah has loved Halloween. It’s been tricky with his food allergies, but we make it work. When I learned that we would get a chance to visit the Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney I wondered: what would an allergy friendly Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party look like?
I couldn’t wait to explore it just for him. It’s hard having food allergies at big events, and Pookah has had to learn to say no thank you to avoid having an allergic reaction to some random piece of candy. But like I always say, if it’s one thing that Disney does well, it’s making sure that kids with food allergies EAT.
Thanks to Disney for hosting this visit!
A Guide to an Allergy Friendly Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
One of the reasons we keep going back to Disney ( besides the fact that it’s just so much fun) is how they treat kids with food allergies. As a parent of a child with life-threatening food allergies, you have no idea how freeing it is to visit a place that has this down to a science.
I love that every time we visit Disney, he can eat a variety of things, not just baked chicken and a random cheese pizza. Disney makes kids with food allergies a priority. So I was so curious about how trick or treating at Halloween would work.
How Disney Does an Allergy-Friendly Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
As I said before, Halloween can be a tricky time for kids and families that have to manage food allergies. Traditional Halloween treats are usually not safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages the inclusion of all trick or treaters throughout the Halloween Season.
Disney uses a teal allergy friendly bag/token system for an allergy-friendly trick or treats experience at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The teal allergy friendly bag system is designed to eliminate cross-contamination for people with life-threatening allergies.
The bags serve as an alert to make sure no one mistakenly hands over off-limit treats to a guest. The tokens make it fun for those that are “trick or treating” at the party so that they can actually get something in their bags.
At each candy station, instead of treats, guests with food allergies pick up a teal token. All of the allergy-free items are stored at a separate location! When you have completed you trick or treat stops, you turn in your token for allergy-friendly treats.
Where do you redeem your teal tokens?
After the whole family has hit as many of the trick or treat stations as you can, you stop by one of two locations to pick up allergy-friendly treats: Liberty Square next to the Hall of Presidents or the Town Square Theater on your way out of Magic Kingdom.
When you arrive and turn in your tokens, you are shown a list of allergy-safe options with their ingredients list. For someone who reads and re-reads labels, this is priceless.
So what treats are available at the stations?
There are a variety of treats! You can get anything from gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, egg-free, soy-free and sesame-free choices.
The allergy-friendly station offers both food and non-food options with a list of ingredients that are in each item. That list also shows additional information, like what ingredients are NOT in each item. So here is what you can get!
Dark Chocolate Morsels
Enjoy Life Ricemilk Chocolate Bar
Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bar
Enjoy Life Mini Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Enjoy Life Crunchy Mini Vanilla Honey Graham Cookies
When I came home from my trip and told Pookah all about the party and how there would be tons allergy-friendly treats for him, HEstarted planning our next trip to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I can’t wait for him to enjoy himself!
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