2 Halloween questions

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 2:42am
proudmomof2's picture
Joined: 09/19/2005 - 09:00

1. Do you put a sign up saying nut-free candy here?

2. Not wanting to pick through any candy after last year's open snickers, etc. Trying to decide how to go about this. Just swap candy and sanitize my childhood ghost pail. Or maybe get a cute throwaway bag and swap candy. ????

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 3:39am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

i hadnt thought about a sign like that.
last year i just swapped out the bag.
James 4 yrs, NKA
Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 3:54am
PurpleCat's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

Hi - this one really depends a lot on your family's comfort zone.
No, we don't post any signs, and yes, we only give out things that are safe for our DD.
As for trick or treating, so far I have been lucky enough to incorporate gloves as part of my DD's costume. (It helps keep her hands from touching anything she should not!) My DD knows what is safe to take and what is not (she is 7 now, but knew what candy was safe when she was 5). I do go with her so I am there to answer any questions she might have. If there is nothing safe for her to take, she politely says "no thank you and Happy Halloween" and moves on to the next house.
Once home, I recheck her bag for anything that might have gotten past us and if I find something I throw it away. Otherwise the treats are all hers.
She really handles this well and she has had no problems. She comes home with plenty of candy too!

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 5:00am
madtypr's picture
Joined: 12/01/2005 - 09:00

We decided that we aren't going to "do" Halloween this year. I personally don't like it anyway, but my DH has always wanted the kids to participate. I told the kids last year that since PA DS will be 2 this Halloween and is beyond old enough to realize what all that candy is, we are going to forgo trick-or-treating. We will do something at home, I'm just not sure exactly what as of yet.

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 5:16am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We live in a neighborhood of 15 houses. We don't leave the neighborhood, and know every family. Some families are kind enough to think of DS. Of course "think of" isn't the same as giving safe treats--they often give him the 3 Musketeers instead of the Snickers because "it doesn't have peanuts." But at least they try. One neighbor last year made up a safe bag for DS. She read every label carefully, and didn't him any "may contains" (he had more than his share of Tootsie Pops in his bag, since that is almost all she had that wasn't "may contains").
But what we do is, I buy lots of extra stuff to give out, all sasfe for him. He touches nothing while out. When we get home, I sort through candy, and when I see something he can't have, we switch it for what he can have. I even let him choose which safe candy we trade for each that he can't have.
So far we have been lucky enough not to encounter an open piece, but like I said, he is likely to get "may contain," so it would be very unlikely that an open one would be one of the very few that actually have peanuts.

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 11:25am
maddiesmom's picture
Joined: 12/20/1999 - 09:00

We had no problems with Halloween except for last year!
We always have had her pick the safe ones out of neighbors buckets and when she was really young she would say "Trick or Treat" and then quickly say "No peanuts, pwease" in her cute little voice. Then when we get home, we dump out the bucket, and trade good candy for bad. This worked for 6 years with no problems. But...last year she ate a Pixie Stick-which I know are safe. But the paper wrapper that surrounds it must have had traces on it because she had a very severe reaction. Very scary.
This year, she isn't eating ANY of the candy (labeled or not)...we are going to take the entire bucket and hubby will take it to work. We will have a whole new bucket waiting for her when we get back. She actually suggested this idea and plan the next day because she was so scared from the Pixie reaction. smart girl! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Shandra (mom to Madeline 8 pn/tn/soy and Grant 4 no allergies)
[This message has been edited by maddiesmom (edited September 13, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 12:16pm
HaroldsMom's picture
Joined: 11/15/2005 - 09:00

Hello, we have three of the most understanding children in the world (I think). When they come home from trick or treating they hand over the candy and we give them our special candy bags we have made up. We have no problems with this.. Only DS is PA & EA. The girls are really good about this.( We just throw out the candy they bring home). I usually let them take something with them from home so if they need to snack they are safe.

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 12:28pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Well, we're a "candy fairy" house from waaaaay back. DD had so many allergies until she was about 4 that there was simply no way for her to eat any of it. So she collected candy in a cute bag/bucket and left it in the garage while we had her bath. At that time, the candy fairy would have come and taken ALL the bad candy away, leaving behind a few treats for her to eat (at one time it was only dots or Mike and Ikes I think) and a TOY.
This made her very happy.
Happier still, however, is now that a local dentist offers a candy ransom of a buck a pound. Uncirculated bills direct from the bank. And then he sends the candy to troops in the Middle East. Last year she got three dollars.
We trick-or-treat the immediate neighborhood (6-8 houses) and the downtown merchants, who do a huge trick-or-treat from 5-8PM. She does NOT handle any of the candy, and since we aren't keeping any of it, we don't even worry about what it is, as long as it isn't PB cups. Pleasantly, last year at least three places gave out stickers/pencils/etc that she [i]can[/i] have.
We tend not to hand out CANDY. (DH is a diabetic, as was DH#1.) I like to find the individual packages of temporary tattoos or stickers and plastic rings and bugs. That kind of thing. We don't get many kids in our neighborhood anyway. Only the locals- maybe ten kids.
Any candy we DO hand out is always safe for DD. I like to get the variety packs that have dots and tootsie minis in them sometimes. For some time we handed out Snyder's pretzels.... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] But they aren't safe anymore.

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 12:51pm
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

I guess I must be in the minority, but I really don`t think kids need to eat a ton of candy. I don`t substitute safe candy for unsafe candy. Instead I give dd a quarter for each piece of unsafe candy, then we go buy her something. When she was younger we would go buy a toy. Now dd is 11 so she will probably want to save her money. Since she is MFA there at most 5 to 10 pieces of candy that are safe for her and that is fine with me. I really don`t think kids need more candy than that.

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 2:05pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We sort the candy, and so far, I do not find broken wrappers, etc... If I did, I would unwrap any safe stuff for dd.
Dh and I actually enjoy the illegal stuff that one night, he brings the rest to work. Dd thinks she left it for the candy witch, and she gets books and little stuff(toys, stickers) for it.
We leave the bag of unsafe stuff on the table where our bucket of candy/favors were for the night. That is where she finds her candy witch swap. Ds too, actually.
We do not generally swap dd with safe candy either, but we tend to have leftovers of safe stuff around. Our neighborhood is large and busy on Halloween. A few neighbors have special bags they have prepared for dd after so many years, now. It is really so kind. But we have to have so much, that we do have some leftovers, or, actually, last year, we were throwing her unsafe stuff in other kids bags(we run out sometimes)!! She is young so she is home before the bigger kids are done.
But the candy witch still came. becca

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2006 - 2:09pm
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

i take the kids' candy and dump it all into a bowl that i then pass out (sort of like re-gifting, i guess) and then i replace part of it with my kids' favorites that i've stocked up on. they don't need much. on the years that i've given them too much, i've ended up throwing a bunch of it away later anyhow. i just give them enough to make them happy.
the only thing i worry about is someone recognizing me and my girls at the door and thinking i have reeses, snickers, payday, etc. in my house due to it being in my halloween bowl for trick-or-treaters. can you imagine what a hypocrit they would think i was???
[This message has been edited by joeybeth (edited September 14, 2006).]


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