Posted on: Sat, 10/16/1999 - 12:41pm
LQ's picture
Joined: 08/20/1999 - 09:00

What precautions do you take on Halloween?

Posted on: Fri, 10/22/1999 - 1:28am
Beth's picture
Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00

My peanut allergic child is 12, so we have done the Halloween thing about 10 times, luckily without incident. We go around the neighborhood. Usually people let the kids pick something out of a container. If not, it's the luck of the draw and they get "what they get". When we go home, the kids empty the loot, and we go through it all together. Since I have 2 kids, one who isnt allergic, there is alot of trading. Sometimes I will buy some of the peanut stuff for cash (that goes over well!)
The best advice I can give you is, if there aren't ingredients on the label, consider it off-limits. The mini versions of some of the "allowed" candy are produced on different lines than the full size versions. For an education, check out the bags of halloween candy at the store sometime when you have a few spare minutes. It is very interesting to say the least.
Good luck and happy Halloween!

Posted on: Fri, 10/22/1999 - 1:36pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

Just wanted to mention that I was at the store yesterday and saw a bag of mini-size rice krispie treats for halloween. What caught my attention was a very large, yellow triangle on the blue bag with big letters saying:
NUT FREE No treenuts or peanuts!
I think this is the first time I have seen a manufacturer promoting being nut free this way - maybe all of our phone calls are starting to be noticed!
Anyway, I decided to support Kellogg's and bought a bag to use to trade with my daughter for any peanut containing snacks she may get. Although my son is not allergic, I prefer not to have him eat candy with nuts either. We are going to trick or treat with one of my daughter's friends from kindergarden and then they can trade afterwards - he gets all the non-safe candy!

Posted on: Wed, 10/27/1999 - 4:14pm
Lara Crowe's picture
Joined: 08/31/1999 - 09:00

Halloween is always a little tricky - no pun intended. My son is five and until recently did not take his allergy very seriously. He has been known to eat with out asking if the food was safe. So, at Halloween, I take two bags, one for me and one for him. When someone puts a peanut candy in the bag, I take the candy away about five steps from the door and put it in my bag. He doesn't get upset because I have already filled his bag with his favorite candy.
Stay safe this Halloween

Posted on: Thu, 10/28/1999 - 7:31am
scywong's picture
Joined: 10/28/1999 - 09:00

I understand your concern about trick or treating. I am a 21 yr old peanut allergy sufferer and have been through the trick or treating dilemma many times. My mom always took the candy and checked the ingredients or I would swamp my candy with my brother or friends. Some years, my mom would buy nut free candy and exchange it with me. This worked well too!
Suffering from a peanut allergy is hard on everyone in the family.

Posted on: Wed, 09/25/2002 - 6:46am
Sue's picture
Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

This is a good topic - I hope people will post to this or one of the 27 other topics on Halloween already on the message board.
We have so many topics with the same subject that it's getting pretty hard to find connecting info. It's all good info on this board but it is all over the place.
My point is: There are 27 topics on the message board with Halloween in the title and there are 158 posts with Halloween in the message so.... please try to post under one of the topics already started before starting another topic on Halloween [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
The following topics about Halloween are on the main Discussion board:
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Thanks and have a safe Halloween,
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 3:39am
Grateful's picture
Joined: 04/10/2002 - 09:00

I go through the candy when we get home and trade for stuff I know is safe. My husband and I pig out on the unsafe stuff after the kids are in bed!

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 4:50am
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Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

I let my guys go to each house and when their pumpkins are getting a little full(I dump them in pillow cases).
It's not so much about getting candy as it is about dressing up and going with their cousins every year.
When we get home they go to bed(it's usually late)and I dump their candy on the table over towel or blankets(that I can wash after)and go through all of it. I let them basically keep what I know are safe. Most of what they have left are Wonka, rockets, Nestle safe chocolate bars, smarties and the rest goes to me and dh.
Last year I told my dh to bring the whole bag with him(he was working away for the week)and he never did. He hid the bag(cause he knows I'm a psycho for chocolate around that time)and I found it in the fruit cellar.
This year I will keep all of the chocolate bars and put them in the freezer [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I have been so tempted to buy Halloween candy(those safe boxes of Nestle chocolate bars)but I know they will be gone by halloween if I do.
It's funny because you think to yourself these are so little I have to eat around 4 or 5 to make up a real chocolate bar...then you get a little carried away and think, so what, I ate the equivalant of 2 regular choc. bars, OMG I better throw these away!
[This message has been edited by smack (edited September 26, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 6:29am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

My 3 year old PA/TNA son goes trick or treating but when he comes home, I don't even look in his bag, I just put it right in the car and take it work with me for the people there. Then I give him a bag I made ahead of time with stuff in it that I know is safe and also has non food items in it (so he doesn't get too much sugar). I figure he has it better because if there is something in particular he wants, he can request it.

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 7:26am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

Debating whether to share this or not...but figured I would and people can take what they want from it.
My son had a mild reaction last year with candy being given out, though not on Halloween. He was choosing a candy treat from a bowl filled with an assortment of candy in a class setting. The bowl no longer contained peanut candy as the teacher had removed it after learning of my son's allergy, however the other candies were left in the bowl. Well, as my son took his 'sweet' time trying to choose and swishing his hand in the bowl for what seemed like an eternity, he finally picked one and we left the room. He hadn't opened the candy, but he starting rubbing his eyes and his face started blotching up. The teacher, walking out with us, noticed it as well and I gave him some Benadryl. He was fine after that. We were pretty puzzled as to what the cause was and then a couple of days later the teacher thought maybe because she hadn't replaced all the candy with safe candy and the residue may have been on the other wrappers.
I know it sounds unlikely, but that is what I believe happened. I share this just so you guys can be careful! Have a safe one!

Posted on: Thu, 09/26/2002 - 7:44am
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Joined: 12/18/2001 - 09:00

I think this is kind of inevitible thing to happen, for people to start a topic on something that has already been discussed many times. I think we just have to understand and deal with it! People come here and look for comfort and answers, and when you are new here it is quite confusing until you spend some time on the boards and learn how it works. It is hard to take the time when you are scared and just want to ask a question and get an answer. It took me a while to learn how to do a search and find things that have already been discussed. I do understand your point, but give people a break, they are scared and still learning. I know you probably didn't mean for your message to come off harsh or anything but I just think, so what if it's not a new topic! Things change every year, new people visit this board every day. They'll learn the ropes and catch on, a simple 'use the search button and enter halloween, it will bring up many more threads on the subject' is enough to get them in the right direction.
Please don't take this as I am yelling at you or anything like that, I just wanted to give my opinion. I don't want people to come here and then feel discouraged right away because they feel like they were scolded.
Thanks! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 09/27/2002 - 4:31am
kcmom's picture
Joined: 12/18/2001 - 09:00

I re-read my above post and please, please, please dont think I am yelling at you or anything at all! I have a habit of using exclamation points when I shouldn't, and it ends up making my writing look like I am yelling. Please don't take it that way because I really don't mean it like that. Thanks so much!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 09/27/2002 - 6:25am
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

I hate the whole Halloween thing.NOt because i am against dressing up,but because I worry about mistakes. We have never had an accident. My brother always purchased a bag of safe candy for chris and he would get all the PB candy. My concern was that Chris has reacted to smell before. Now of course at 16 we don't have any worry. However I don't even let my others keep PB product.TO afraid it will contaminate my home.
Chris has never been a sweet eater so he has always had a good time just dressing up and partying with us.
My Birthday is Nov 1 so they ususally have a surprise party for me after and the kids are so excited about the cake and ice cream that they forget about the trick or treating and can not wait to get me home for the big Surprise.

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 1:24am
LJG's picture
Joined: 05/23/2002 - 09:00

I allow Kylie to trick or treat and collect all the stuff she wants. At home she trades it in for candy I have gotten from Vermont Nut Free, and I take her out to buy a special toy. The dressing up and trick or treating is more fun than the consumption of the candy.

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 2:57am
LilMansMom's picture
Joined: 03/14/2002 - 09:00

I started taking Manuel and Kayde to a Halloween event at our local zoo a few years ago. And after the PA diagnosis, it seemed to be the best solution to the candy problem. They have different tables set up throughout the zoo, where the children can trick or treat. And they put the candy directly into the children's bags that are brought from home. Sometimes it is a stuffie or small toy, not just candy. They have several different activities set up and the kids don't really get a chance to want the candy. They even have an ice 'scream' booth set up, so that soothes their sweet tooth. Having so much to do and an alternate treat also helps reduce cross contamination. The other kids don't eat as much candy and get residue everywhere.
In years past, Manuel wasn't really all that interested in candy and we would just throw it out. But this year he has become a candy demon. I plan to take a bucket with his favorites in it, and exchange it for his when we get to the car. Any toys or stuffies can be checked and returned to him, if all is okay.
I hope you all have a safe and uneventful Halloween!
Little Man's Momma
a*k*a Kendra

Posted on: Mon, 09/30/2002 - 11:04am
kbeee's picture
Joined: 07/24/2002 - 09:00

We're hosting a Halloween Party for my son's playgroup (he's 2), so he can dress up, party, and eat goodies. Everyone coming knows NO NUTS in anything! If/when we trick-or-treat, we'll just go to a few houses.

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