UPDATE: Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Remember, you and your child should wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. If you or your child may have COVID-19 or the flu or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, then in-person Halloween festivities and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters should be avoided.
By Karen Dunker, RD
Scare the kids but not the kidneys with Halloween activities and sweets that the whole family can enjoy. Should your child with kidney disease go trick-or-treating? Why not! Walking around the neighborhood while trick-or-treating is a good way to incorporate physical activity.
What candy is safe to eat?
Kids with kidney disease can still enjoy many Halloween treats and candies, but moderation is key. If you need to limit the amount of dietary potassium and phosphorus, here are some general tips to help. Most hard, gummy and chewy candies are okay, including gummy bears, jelly beans, taffy, Starburst®, and Skittles®. Caramel contains a moderate amount of phosphorus, so candies with caramel are usually okay, but portion control is especially important. Avoid candies with chocolate and/or nuts – including peanut butter (high in phosphorus and potassium), and coconut (high in potassium). *As always, please speak with your physician and renal dietitian to see what's right for you and your body. If you have diabetes, please note that these candies consist of mostly sugar, so please consult your dietitian regarding carbohydrate counting before consuming any of these sweets.