With all the stores getting already into Halloween mode, I got thinking about my toddler. He's going to be 2 this October and I surmise he will want to go trick-or-treating with his six year old brother. The six year old has no food allergies but the toddler is allergic to gluten, nuts, soy, and milk. With so many Halloween candies being a "no", how do you handle trick-or-treating?
I would feel bad to exclude my toddler from trick-or-treating. I would feel really bad if he has to give all his candy to his older brother. I was thinking about sending a letter to the neighbors (we have a community of 50 homes) explaining my son's allergy and saying that I would give pre-made candy bags for the neighbors to give my son when he comes to their doors. However, one of my neighbors said that our subdivision has a lot of snobby people and that my letter would cause them all to talk and cause them offense (our neighborhood can take a holier-than-thou attitude and get offended if they think you're telling them what to do).
I don't want to offend anyone but I don't want to make my toddler feel that he is SO different. I was also thinking about letting him pick out a toy from the toy store in exchange for the candy he would have to give his brother if I didn't send the letter.
Any suggestions about how you handle Halloween would be appreciated. Warmly, Julie.
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