Halloween Party

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2001 - 12:41pm
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Hi, I just found out today that I will be a class mom for my son's first grade class. I have no experience with peanut allergies and know that there is at least one child in my son's class that has PA. I was wondering what some safe (and fun) treats would be to have for their Halloween party. I plan on asking their moms' as well as the school nurse too but thought the more ideas the better. Thanks for any help you can give!

Posted on: Tue, 10/16/2001 - 11:21pm
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Hi Apple,
What exactly are you looking to convey to the teacher and the other parents?
Stay Safe,
Rhonda

Posted on: Wed, 10/17/2001 - 11:07am
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hi thank you for responding. i,m looking for a letter to send to parents to inform them about my daughter,s pa. and to let them know what to look for on labels.

Posted on: Wed, 10/17/2001 - 10:36pm
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Hi Apple,
Our preschool environment is a peanut & tree nut free environment. I buy all the snacks, so I have a good control over what is entering the classroom. This was my way of conveying the nuances among really dangerous foods, problematic foods and "safe" foods. This is our letter. You may find the concept helpful. We passed this letter out with a "Green, Yellow, Red Light Food List" on nice paper with a school theme, and I used our color printer. The list had boxes with a circle at the top. For example, the red light list has a red box and a red circle at the top. Then within the box, I listed all the different words for peanuts. Forms of peanuts, and high probability foods (ex. hydrolyzed plant oil). I made a red light list for tree nuts also. We never told parents they could not bring the yellow light food lists into the classroom. But we encouraged them not to. The yellow light list has foods like, bulk bin foods, chocolate just to name a few. The green light list has all the foods that are safe for our DD (who is contact, inhalation and ingestion allergic) to be around. I categorized the green light foods by baking, sweets, fruits, etc. One of the key elements of this letter and another we sent out is that our DD is to never eat any food that is not provided and approved by us, regardless of whether or not it is a green light food.
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September 6, 2001
Dear (Name of School/Class) of the Three & Four Year Old Programs,
We would like to ask you for your help in making our preschool environment a safer place. Attached is a Green, Yellow and Red Light Food List that (mother

Posted on: Wed, 10/17/2001 - 10:41pm
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Also, we are doing a Halloween Party at school for the kids. See the Halloween Party tread on this board. Take care, Rhonda

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2001 - 2:55pm
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classmom,
I am not sure where you live so I can't give you any area specific suggestions. Do your parties consist of homemade or store bought goodies? A huge hit always in my daughters class are sour worms, chewy starburst, believe it or not carrots and ranch, microwave popcorn and soda. In our area Hostess cupcakes are safe and they have monster ones for Halloween ( they are chocolate with an orange squiggly). We also do root beer floats.
I think it is great that you came here to seek out information. Many of us parents here would love to have a classmom like you around!
Thank you,
Linda

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2001 - 5:54am
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Classmom: I think it is wonderful that you are taking the needs of a peanut allergic child into consideration. You must be a very caring person! On behalf of mothers of allergic children, I thank you!
Regarding ideas for the party, certain candy is safe: Dum Dum lollipops, tootsie rolls, Starburst, Twizzlers. Chocolate from "Vermont Nut Free Chocolates" is also safe (and very delicious!) You can access their web site directly from this one.
I think popcorn is a great idea (most microwave brands are ok.) Most potato chips, tortilla chips (Frito Lay), pretzels (Bachman, etc.) are safe.
Since kids get so much candy at Halloween, maybe you just want to have the kids wear their costumes and play some simple games. They could get stickers or pencils as prizes. Keep food to cupcakes (ask parent of allergic child to make) and fruit. The kids usually just want to wear their costumes and run around anyway!
Thank you for being concerned about keeping a child safe!
Pat

Posted on: Wed, 09/26/2001 - 10:13pm
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Hi Room Mom,
Great question! My little one has pa. I am in charge supplying and organizing the parties for all 3 of our pre-school classes - 45 kids. I think the idea below would work for any elementary school aged child. To cut down on the candy, since the kids will get so much anyway, I am putting together gift bags with just a little bit of candy. We asked each parent to donate 2 or 3 dollars. There are lots of great Halloween toys in the Oriental Trading Company catalogue that you can buy in bulk and REALLY CHEAP. Kids love that kind of stuff. You can ask other parents if they want to help put the gift bags together. Maybe the mom of the child w/pa will bake some of her "special" (safe) cookies for the party. It would be a good idea to contact the mom of the child w/pa and ask her exactly what candy/food treats she considers safe. Run your candy list by her before you bring it into the classroom. Ask her if she wants to plan the party with you. Here is a link to the site, and you can request a catalogue from them. The catalogue has 100s of ideas for Halloween non-food toys. I am placing my order today. For just $2.50 a child, each child will get *12* little gifts in a plastic hat, and 2 food treats. I

Posted on: Thu, 09/27/2001 - 5:08am
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Rhonda: Thanks for the tip about Oriental Trading Company. This sort of party favor (as an alternative to candy) is exactly what I am looking for!
Pat

Posted on: Thu, 09/27/2001 - 9:43pm
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Hi Pat,
There's another similar company called U.S. Toy. They have lots of great stuff too that is different from Oriental Trading Company. They sent me a paper catalogue right away too.
[url="http://www.ustoy.com"]http://www.ustoy.com[/url]
Stay Safe,
Rhonda

Posted on: Fri, 09/28/2001 - 1:12am
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Just my opinion, I prefer it when there are store bought snacks instead of home made snacks, that way the ingredients can be checked. Last year I would go to the store ahead of time, check ingredients of specific brands then tell the room mom what brands should be bought. The room mom and I had a great relationship and worked well together. If you call the mom of the PA child and work with her she will probably be happy to help. It's always nice when someone calls and says "I want your child to enjoy the party, what should we do?".

Posted on: Sat, 09/29/2001 - 1:06am
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Hi Katie's Mom,
Hope you are well. Do you ever make homemade snacks for the kids as the mother of the child with pa? Or do you just always use store bought snacks to try to set an example?
Stay Safe,
Rhonda

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 2:10am
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Hi, I just want to thank all of you for your great ideas. I was very happy to see all of your responses. I wish all of you and your families well and if there are any more great ideas out there I look forward to reading them!

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 6:15am
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I have found some safe Halloween candy at Safeway. They are just born (the easter peeps people) brand. They are orange halloween marshmellow pumpkins. They look cool, but don't taste like too much in my opinion. They are about 1 inch and a good size for decorating a safe cupcake.

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 12:08pm
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Hi Classmom: thanks again for posting here. I just wanted to add that I consider Tootsie Roll products (in U.S.) to be safe (although check with the mother of the child who has PA first). They make a good variety of candy,etc.

Posted on: Mon, 10/01/2001 - 2:33am
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Rhonda...
I try to buy snacks whenever possible, one - to set the example, and two - I really don't like baking. But when asked, I do bake for the class.

Posted on: Mon, 10/01/2001 - 2:56pm
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Please give me your response to what I allow my children to have: We have never had any problems with Milk Duds, Sixlets, or Whoppers.(other brands of malt balls do contain peanuts) None of these have a "peanut" warning on the label. These 3 seem to get out of stock early. If I wait to late, they are picked over. They are the only chocolate candies I can find that are, in my experience SAFE. (without having to special order) Do you guys allow your pa children to eat them?

Posted on: Wed, 10/03/2001 - 8:34am
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There was a really cool (in a yuccky way) custard cup with vanilla pudding, grapes and gummy worms in one of the ladies mags Halloween issue. It also had icing eyeballs to look really gross - great for a class party if the kids are older...

Posted on: Thu, 10/04/2001 - 9:21am
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Thanks Chicago. I'll have to see if I can find that one. Sounds like something the kids would enjoy. The grosser the better you know!

Posted on: Thu, 10/04/2001 - 11:51am
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Just looked it up - it is in Parents mag. (I am in the US - maybe Canada gets different content or doesn't get Parents??)The October 2001 issue. They are called "Green Eyed Pies". If you can't find the mag or the recipe via the Parents website, let me know.
Other yucky nut free ideas are the "Rotten Apple Punch" and the Hairy Daddy Longlegs Cupcakes in Disney's Family Fun mag.
Have a great party!

Posted on: Sat, 10/06/2001 - 2:27am
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Chicago, Thanks again! I am in the US too so I shouldn't have any trouble finding it. I wll let you knowif I do though. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img])

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2003 - 10:47am
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Last year, it was the first year our preschool attempted peanut free. Apparently, there were PB sandwichs brought in at the party. Before I even arrived, they had been removed, but I believe off the same platter as other things(including egg salad and dd is egg allergic).
I just always bring something specific for dd to eat. If there were a very separate tray of cheese and crackers, i would pluck safe crackers off for dd occasionally(brands were specified as the year went on). I try to scope out what the food selection will be(either checking the sign up or calling the host)a nd bring suitable things for dd.
We had a huge party to attend on Sunday. It was a hunt, and then refreshments. I called ahead and the mom was great. Ran down the whole event and food. I was able to make a round cookie for dd for a donut on a string eating event, and baked safe cookies for the event(keeping one in my purse for dd if they got too close to anything else.
The only peanutty thing I observed had been brought by a guest, and was wrapped candy as garnish on a tray of a baked item.
This year, the teacher wrote largely on the sign up, "No peanut/tree nut products". She is also keeping a very short and specific lits of things to sign for(sandwiches cut into quarters, cheese cubes, fresh fruit cut up, cookies and popcorn). Also, I attend all parties unless I clear it with the teacher that I do not need to(Halloween I definately would not miss). becca

Posted on: Thu, 10/30/2003 - 4:51am
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the party issue doesn't matter anymore for us since schools are all closed due to the fires. I always go to the parties and had planned on attending this one as well. Most of the time the teachers want the help. It seems as my daughter gets older (5th grade) parents are willing to contribute money or stuff but not their time. Our party was going to be simple and I had pre approved everything. We are fortunate because a classmates family owns a "safe" pizza parlor and they donate drinks and pizza for the parties. My husband works for Hostess so we donate the cupcakes.
Linda

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 12:20pm
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I would phone the preschool administrator & explain your circumstance-hopefully they will allow you to attend the party. I'll keep your situation in my prayers.
Laura

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 12:22pm
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Also, even though the other parents are aware of your son's allergy-don't count on them to protect him. No one understands the full impact until it happens to them!

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 2:00pm
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I agree, speak to the teacher and if necessary go over her head to the principal. You have a legitimate need to monitor your child at the party.

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 10:18pm
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Riley...I would insist on being allowed to be at the party as well. My Pa son, now 4, had a reaction at his preschool party last year. I arrived at the party after the food was served. He licked a cupcake with chocolate icing & sprinkles. I couldn't get to him fast enough to inspect the food he was served. I felt sooo guilty for arriving late. The teachers were extremely aplogetic and now fully realize the seriousness of his allergy. even though I gave the teachers a list of safe snacks for my son, he got his hands on the cupcake anyway. I now do not allow him to have any homemade treats any parent brings in, regardless how safe the parent says it is.
So, give yourself piece of mind and be there, ON TIME!!! Happy Halloween!

Posted on: Sat, 10/18/2003 - 2:30am
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Yes, tell the preschool you *have* to attend parties where food or candy is served or used(crafts). The other thing is, if outside moms are not bringing in stuff, is asking(requiring) that you personall check all labels and foods that go into dd's room for any activity involving a food item(baking projects, crafts). I found last year, that they counted with candies, and did several baking projects.
I laid out the things I need to do when I enrolled dd, and one was attending all parties with food. The teacher was relieved, truthfully. A party is tough enough for them to control and watching my dd made her very nervous in those situations. becca

Posted on: Sat, 10/18/2003 - 9:43am
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I think that with the circumstances you are in the school would be stupid not to let you be at the party. My school prefered me in all the classroom parties just because Chris was being watched and they didn't have to worry. I was on every trip and at every party. We never did preschool so I don't know how that would have been. I think that you should talk with all the parents and see how they feel about you being in there. Also talk to them about what they are bringing because they may ask you what you would like them to make for your child to be safe. take care and good luck claire

Posted on: Mon, 10/20/2003 - 11:53pm
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Trying not to start a whole new Halloween party topic.
I had to RSVP today for a big annual bash a school friend of dd's has. We did not get invited last year, so I did not know what to expect. They have become friendly this year. So I had to ask all the questions and I know this mom gets very anxious about having events. Goes over the top and works really hard at it. I am thinking it might mean lots of "fun" and novel food decrating and such.
I am soooo relieved. She was so solicitous of trying to have afe options for dd and I was able to comfortable be firm that I can take care of her needs, but just need to know what to expect so we can be prepared. I ended up offering to make the cookies she was going to do anyway. Yeah! She was delighted to have one less thing to do and something there for my dd that was safe.
All sounds good except for a donut eating thing(off a string) and I can make a donut shaped cookie to string up! Before I came up with that, she was going to add bobbing for apples(I get a bit grossed out by that on amny levels!). So I hopefully circumvented that idea!
It went very well, and she was very nice and there seems to be nothing obviously risky outside of egg in things and may contain things, but we do not eat the stuff served anyway.
PHEW! becca Oh, and I can stay! It is an adult stay and snap pictures kind of day.

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