Halloween?

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How the heck do we deal with this? I am PA (adult onset) and my kids are going to want to trick or treat this year (they will be 1 and almost 3). How do I deal with this?

On Sep 22, 2008

We used to do the swap thing by piece but now I can't stand the site of all that peanut candy on my counter so I swap the whole bag. I line the bucket with a bag I can just pull out and tie up and have another bag of safe stuff that I put in there. It works for us, my son was 3 when diag and had already learned the joys of running up and down the street like a wild thing :)

For us the hard part is after trick or treating we used to hang out with friends we have to leave immediately after now as all the kids start diving into their stuff.

Hope you figure something out.

On Sep 22, 2008

This year I plan on having the Great Pumpkin come visit. The kids will leave their candy bag out and the Great Pumpkin will come and swap bags. Their candy for his treats...The Great Pumpkin has already picked up the webkinz bat and he will add stickers or pencils or something else small to the bag.

On Sep 23, 2008

We do the [url="http://www.amazon.com/All-Hallows-Eve-Story-Halloween/dp/0977309614/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222188061&sr=8-1"]Halloween Fairy[/url] in our home. The kids are so excited for Eve to come and give them a toy!! They've been talking about it for weeks now.

They'll go trick or treating (wearing gloves as part of their costumes) and when we get home they'll leave the bags on the front step. When they wake in the morning a toy will be outside for them.

On Sep 23, 2008

This year for Halloween, I am planning on having my PA son go trick or treating as he usually would, with my husband or myself with him (he's 5). I am planning on buying some type of candy that is safe for him, and just swap out the unsafe stuff with some safe stuff when we get home. I'm thinking I will buy candy corn, skittles, fruit snacks, suckers, and maybe some stickers. I think it is important for him to have fun on Halloween as any kid should, and I don't want his PA to prevent him from enjoying himself. So- I plan on keeping Halloween as normal as possible for his sake.

On Sep 23, 2008

We do the same as nutty1 (the poster above). I feel that Halloween is a fun part of childhood that shouldn't be missed. My son will be 7 this year and he was diagnosed at age 1. We've had several safe, fun Halloweens. It can be done.

Enjoy!

LJ

On Sep 24, 2008

We did our first PA halloween last year and it worked out fine. I allowed ds to trick or treat and then swapped out his candy with safe treats that I bought ahead of time. When we would go to a house where people were handing out Reeses he would come back to me a ask me to take it out of his bag. I also went through other 2 ds's bags and removed (traded with safe candy) any candy with nuts/peanut butter and re-gifted it to the trick or treaters that came later to our house by the handful. I did allow other 2 ds without PA to keep "may contains" and "made in the same facility" candy. I did however keep it up out of reach so ds with PA could not get into it.

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