The MN certified food manager’s biggest Halloween nightmare isn’t the monster under the bed or the boogieman hiding in the closet, it’s seeing a young guest sickened by contact with an allergen such as peanuts. On Halloween, many food-service outlets pass out treats to costumed children as trick-or-treating moves to popular business centers and local shops.
Preventing Allergic Reaction to Peanuts During Halloween Events
If you plan on handing out candy, a couple of steps will prevent any possibility of serving peanuts to children with allergies. Do some research and find candies that come from facilities where no peanuts are processed. This may take a little time, but it will be worth it to prevent even one accidental allergy attack.
Peanuts are not the only issue to worry about. Many children cannot consume wheat, dairy or soy. Numerous candy manufacturers produce products without these ingredients. Having an alternate supply of candy for these children will result in happy super heroes, ghosts and princesses this October 31st.
Finally, make sure that all candy you pass out is factory sealed. We know you love the opportunity to show off what your restaurant can do, but many families will only take factory sealed candies and treats. Serving factory sealed treats prevents any possible cross contamination that can occur after costumed guests have collected their bounty from your establishment. If you’re looking for an opportunity to gain guests from this event, consider handing out coupons or menus with candy rather than attempt to entice families in with freshly prepared treats.
Do you do anything special for your guests and trick-or-treaters to celebrate the fall holidays?