Do you let your kids Trick-or-Treat?

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 12:10pm
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Hi, I am still very new to this whole thing. We found out last year that Haley was pa. Now I don't know how I should handle the whole trick or treating issue. She is still very young, but I don't want her to miss out on anything. So how do you deal with it, what should I do? Do I let her go trick or treating or keep her home?

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 1:10pm
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Hi Haley's Mom. My dd will be 4 and is PA for the last 1 1/2 years. Last year, I let her trick or treating and of course, she wasn't allowed to touch any of the candy in her bag (which I would do the same even if she wasn't PA). When we got home, I did a switch. I had the same bag at home that I filled with all "safe" treats - fruit snax, skittles, hershey kisses, etc. etc. She never even knew the difference and was just happy to have such great treats! This year, I'll do the same thing and I'm sure even if I tell her this year what I'm doing, she won't mind because she still has the fun of trick or treating and great, safe treats in the end. Also, I hate to waste food, so all the candy she does get my husband just puts right in his car and takes it to work the next morning. Good luck to you and your daughter and stay safe!
Diane

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 2:26pm
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My son is 7 years old and he hasn't missed a trick-or-treat yet. My son and I "trade" unsafe candy at the end of the evening with safe candy that I have bought for him. He doesn't mind at all, and is happy to get his choice of candy.
Dressing up and going door to door is the fun part for him, not the actual candy!!

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 7:59pm
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I have always let Chris trick or treat. He is 16 so hasn't in a while now. I think it is extremly important to allow them to be like all the other children. Just have extra candy at home that is safe for your daughter. That way you can take away the bad and give her the safe stuff. Christopher always looked forward to the big trade after. My brother would take the PB stuff and Chris would get the safe stuff.
I think this year is going to be a tough one because finding safe stuff is so hard.
Just be very careful that she doesn't decide to open anything until you say it is ok.
Take care and have fun!!! claire

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 10:39pm
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We let our 5 yr old go trick or treating, but
we do something a little different with candy afterwards. We have a neighbor who always dresses up each year or get one of the older kids in the neighborhood to dress up as our "Candy Witch". After Adam has finished trick or treating we wait for the "candy Witch" to arrive. I buy a small toy that he likes, maybe a rescue hero or power ranger and give that to our 'witch' before Halloween night, she comes to the door and asks if he would like to buy a toy from her with all the candy he has collected.
The first year we did this Adam was so excited, he couldn't wait for the candy witch to get there and told everyone while he was out that the candy was for the witch!
I don't have to worry about there being tons of candy or going through to figure out what is safe or not. We only buy safe candy to give out, so he does get some candy.

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 1:11am
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We go. Last year was the first year and dd was only 2! We have a large neighborhood with tons of kids and I just really want her to dress up and join in the fun. She is so used to being restricted with sweets, in general, she had no trouble with us just taking the unsafe stuff that would "make her sick." We still took it all, as well, and only allow her one piece here and there, and eventually throw some out. This year, I think she will hold us to a trade! So we will be sure to give out safe candy, have extra and trade. She is still so good about candy. Would any of you believe we can offer her just one or two nibbles on her candy necklace and put it away? We have one I just threw away because I figured it was just so gross to nibble and keep it around for so long, LOL!
I am liking the candy witch idea! I just do not know what to do with all the candy in general. It is just too much! What does the "witch" do with it, LOL?! becca
[This message has been edited by becca (edited October 03, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 2:07am
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My daughter is 7. She is allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts, so usually out of every 100 pieces of candy she gets, maybe one or two are safe and that`s it. Half don`t even have the ingredients on them if they are the mini-size that came out of a big bag. I give my daughter a quarter for each piece of candy she can`t eat, then we go to the store with all the quarters (which usually adds up to $10 or $20) and she gets to pick out a toy. She loves this. We do it not just on Halloween, but all year long. The candy is everywhere, birthday parties, pinatas, valentines day, etc. This way she never has to miss out. Yes, she does go trick or treating and no, I don`t let her touch any of the candy. Some years we take it to the hospital on Halloween night and give it to the kids who didn`t get to go trick or treating. This was her idea...very sweet.

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 3:00am
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The Halloween Witch visits our house while the children are sleeping. Although only 1 of my children has pa, the Witch trades a toy for all the kids' candy. (They do get to pick 5 safe favorites to keep.) Recently, my kids had a discussion about what the Witch does with the candy...apparently, she turns it into the toy with a magic spell, uses it as fuel for flying her broomstick and for energy to reach all the children who are trading in their candy. This also explains why she has rotten teeth. I just love overhearing these types of conversations! They were quite sure that this is what happens.
I really like the idea of an actual person being the witch! We may try that some year.

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 3:00am
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Becca~~Depends on who your witch is, teenage witches are more than happy to get a free sack of candy, older witches throw it away. As long as the candy leaves my house and (won't come back to haunt us)
I let them decide what they want to do with it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 3:19am
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My son (now 6) has been trick-or-treating since he was 2. He doesn't eat anything until we get home and trade the unsafe stuff. Have fun!

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 4:44am
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I love the idea of the Halloween Witch who trades toys for candy!

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