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Halloween & PA

Our son is 2 years old. Severe severe PA. My husband and I want our son to live as normal life as possible but we avoid "scary" situations. This leads to my question - Does anyone have tips for Halloween? Should we take him around on Halloween and then throw out the candy and replace it with something? Does anyone have tips or advice for Halloween? If so, we would great appreciate it!!!!

By Sarah McKenzie on Wed, 09-11-13, 18:08

Thank you!!!!

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Wed, 09-11-13, 17:09

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By loriradakovich on Sat, 09-07-13, 19:04

I personally have never found a dove bar that was ok for nut allergies. Standard size Hershey bar is the only one I've found in mainstream companies. Enjoylife has choc bars that are completely nut-free. Also, Vermont nutfree chocolates has an assortment of yummy goodies. Divvies also is a great nut-free brand that has chocolate, candies, caramel corn, etc. Delicious! Oh, and rocky mountain popcorn factory is also nut-free. And the easy to buy favorites like dum dums, tootsie rolls/pops. Smarties, etc. Tootsie has lil tubs of cotton candy that are nut-free/nut-free facility. Found some for cheap @ Rite Aid just today! I forgot to mention that with holiday candy I ALWAYS call the manufacturers. Candy that is usually ok can be NOT ok during holiday seasons sometimes (production can be outside of the country or in different facilities ). When in doubt, call. Or choose a different product. I WISH more companies were concerned with cross-contamination and listed when products were produced safely for allergic kids. We are an extremely loyal customer base and hopefully we will see this become more of a norm than what it is currently. It's come a long way from when my oldest was diagnosed. There weren't any labeling laws for the top allergens at that time. UGH! Once again, good luck and Happy Halloween!

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By tomanyfoodalergies on Sat, 09-07-13, 15:27

let him go trick or treating. just check the package and anything with peanuts donate it and then get some more that he can eat. I have to do it this year with my daughter. I did find a candy bar that she can eat and that is a dove bar no peanuts or any other nuts in it. I do know that gummys, skittles, sweettarts, and others in that line. so there is some out there that your child can eat. good lick and make it fun for him. the one thing I found out with a child with a food allergy is not to make the child feel or treat them different. just teach them what they can and cant have.

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By Sarah McKenzie on Fri, 09-06-13, 13:17

Thank you everyone for the great advice! I really appreciate it so much!! I love to hear what other people do as well!!

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By J and C Mommy on Fri, 09-06-13, 03:19

What I did with my two kiddos last year was I bought all kinds of goodies they could have and packed a small backpack for me to wear. It included some safe candies so I could give them something to eat that I knew was safe even in the dark cause it came from me, also flashlights, epi pens, babywipes to wipe up in case there is an accidental skin contact when people put the candy in their pumpkins. We didn't trick or treat too much, just enough to make memories and take pictures at neighbors doors. Then when I got home I let them have a couple pieces of the safe candy I have, then get them to sleep(my kids will sleep even with sugar in them). Then after they are sleeping I go get their pumpkins and go through it and separate it all. 3/4 of it usually goes directly in a grocery bag for Dad to take to work to share. The safe things I find in their pumpkins I wipe down and make sure have no holes in the wrappers etc. I have had no trouble letting them eat skittles as long as it is sealed and wiped down. But I don't allow things that would seem safe, like starbursts if not in a sealed wrapper cause the inner wrapper can be opened and closed again leading to contamination.

I don't think you should completely not do Halloween. But because he is only 2 it would only take a couple houses to qualify that you went trick or treating. When he is older it will be harder to limit. But my oldest is so good about asking what he can and can't eat now. He checks, then checks again, then checks again. I also always emphasize no eating anything in their pumpkins while out that night. Halloween can be done safely. Good question!

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By loriradakovich on Thu, 09-05-13, 13:29

I agree it may be good to wait a bit. Here's what I do with my two peanut and tree-nut allergic kids. I buy 4 cheap orange pumpkins. Two of which I fill with safe goodies for them. Those stay in the house. I allow them to dress up and take the other 2 pumpkins out with them as they go trick or treating (just in our neighborhood). They get to walk around with their friends and when they get to the door the person handing out the candy puts it directly into their pumpkin so my kids never touch the candy (even if it's something that's "safe".) After they are done trick or treating they come back, leave their trick or treating pumpkins outside, then they go inside, wash their hands and then I give them their special pumpkins (which are better anyhow since besides being safe, they have their favorites in them! :) I then go outside and take the trick or treating pumpkins and give them to a nice neighbor who takes them to a food shelter so the candy is donated, not wasted, and my kids still are able to go trick or treating. Our rule is that no candy is eaten while trick or treating. Oh, and I give them a candy or two prior to going out. Epis are always out in full force on Halloween! And of course our house gives out peanut and tree nut-free candies and non-food items (with a little sign that says so). It helps spread the word. My neighbors are great and are now asking me what type of candy they should buy for my kids. I tell them thank you but to please, if they really want to get anything to make it a non-food item since my kids aren't allowed to accept anything candy or food related from anybody that's not given by their parents. That helped to re-enforce to my kids to never accept candy/food treats from anybody. It's worked well so far! Thank Goodness!! GOOD LUCK!!!

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By survivingfood on Thu, 09-05-13, 02:54

Personally, would avoid until the child is old enough to follow the instructions on not putting anything unsafe in their mouth (especially in the dark). kids don't have memories of missed things this early in life. its the caregiver's heart that aches...
if choose to go, then perhaps having two identical bags would be great: one to collect and the other (filled with safe sweets) given at the end of the night and thru the excursion. you can toss the first bag without LO ever noticing a thing at the end of the night. obviously be cautious about him not munching on things a long the ways. also if on good terms with your neighbors, then ask for nut free candy option and explain your child's allergy. Together these strategies should keep your LO safer.
Good question though.
Good luck.

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