Halloween Party Question

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 2:11am
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Hi,
I'm fairly new here and I'm trying to come up with some things that I can send in for my 7yr olds class party on halloween. The teacher is great about his allergies but is afraid not all of the parents will be so I want to make sure I send in somethings for him but I also want something fun for the whole class to share. My son is also chocolate and strawberry allergic. in kindergarten I made cookies that looked like monster fingers and last year the teacher did everything in class to make sure he could participate. Any ideas would be great! the only thing I have found so far is stringing gummy candy in various shpes to make neklaces.
thanks christyn

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 2:25am
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how about making rice krispi treats and add orange food coloring. instead of making them in bars make them in balls, like pumpkins. you can stick on black licorice for eyes and nose and mouth. maybe can even find some green candy for a stem. what about frosting there own cupcakes, and decorating with a candy you child can eat too.
hope these help, good luck.

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 3:24am
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Thanks hadn't thought about rice krispies and that is one of his favorite treats!

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 10:57am
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Just wanted to note that licorice is a cross-react with peanuts. My son has reacted to it. I'm having the same problem coming up with ways to decorate cookies, etc. in a fun - but safe - way for my kids. Good luck to you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 11:23am
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Why does licorice cross-react with peanuts? What is licorice exactly? My son has had black jelly beans but maybe those aren't genuine licorice. I'm not doubting what was posted here, just curious and want to know more.

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 11:39am
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How about some non-food items such as Halloween stickers, erasers, pencils, etc.?

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 12:42pm
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The cutest thing someone brought last year to my son's pn free class party was popcorn in gloves (the clear light weight plastic gloves) with a candy corn at the end of each finger and then just tied shut. (hope that makes sense [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 2:01pm
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I guess the parents of the kids in my son's class are really not too creative! I have to go in before parties and check to make sure the food is safe. What I make, and what isn't okay for your son, is oatmeal chocolate chip muffins (both fibre and fun) but certainly nothing with the Hallowe'en theme. Then, I'm wondering if it may even have to do with their fear of what they're able to bring in since his class is "peanut free", but there are parents that bring in baby carrots in the bag, Timbits, etc. What I checked out to-day at the grocery store was the Pillsbury cookies for Hallowe'en, where you get a Hallowe'en theme picture on the cookie, you know the ones where you slice the dough and bake them? I checked those out and found they were "safe". Yeah, I'd have to say the parents are either scared or not too creative, but I think you've received some great ideas above. I think at Christmas and Valentine's Day they got a little more colourful! Best wishes and good luck! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 8:02pm
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Cindy,
Is the cookie dough you checked out Pillsbury? I quit buying their rolls of cookie dough after recieving recalls for them at least twice, maybe 3 times a few years ago when they "accidentally" had peanut butter dough found in them. Just a warning!
Sue

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2000 - 8:23pm
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Hi for my sons parties at school what I always did was to make his own goodie bags. I would find out what kind of food the other kids were having and try to match the same ideas,but of course with safe foods. He was fine with this because he knew everything in it was safe. He was never upset about not eating their food. The teachers also felt better knowing they would not have to worry. Then I would always send in something for him to pass out to the class. I think kids like that part the best. Good luck Claire

Posted on: Fri, 10/20/2000 - 12:10am
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Sue Q, yes they were Pillsbury cookie dough cookies I mentioned! Thank-you SO much for the warning. Can you tell me, was this in America or Canada? I'm not terribly creative when it comes to baking stuff for school so I usually stick to muffins, I know that for this particular child the chocolate chip oatmeal muffins are not okay, maybe sub raisins for the chocolate. Also, I make carrot muffins. And, I guess you could have muffins with say orange Canadian smarties in them. You know what? Why am I posting in here when I'm basically useless at suggesting anything really creative? Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 10/20/2000 - 5:02am
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HI there I think I posted absolutly nothing good to help you in the letter above. I did not give a creative idea at all. I am not creative,but my 9 year old loves to make ghost lollipops at Halloween. the kids love it. Just a tissue and a piece of orange or black ribbon or yarn and you have a cute ghost. Good luck. Claire

Posted on: Sat, 10/21/2000 - 2:15pm
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Thanks to everyone who answered my question. Now I just have to decide which one to do they were all such great ideas.

Posted on: Sat, 10/21/2000 - 2:46pm
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Claire, so neither one of us is creative and yet we still had to post! LOL! Best wishes!
and much envy towards those of you who are creative! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2000 - 2:49am
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Cindy,
The recalled cookie dough WAS in the U.S., and they do make pb cookie dough, so I avoid it!

Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2000 - 3:08am
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Sue Q., thank-you for the information! I know that that dough distinctly did not have a "may contain" warning on it because I did check it, as I mentioned above. I only looked at it out of sheer laziness - it would compensate for my lack of creativity by actually having the picture on it, and they look oh, so easy to make! But, I'm probably sticking by my tried and true, albeit not creative, oatmeal chocolate chip muffins! I will however, if I think about it further, contact Pillsbury in Canada. Do you feel the same about the crescent rolls by Pillsbury? I know I had them just the other day. I actually make that recipe on them with the hot dogs and cheddar cheese. If you can, I also think it would be really good for you to post your concerns re Pillsbury and the particular products that you have had problems with under Manufacturers. I know this can be time consuming to do, but often times we end up mentioning something in one thread that should/could be placed in another thread too. Thanks again and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2000 - 4:01am
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We've been eating the Pilsbury slice and bake cookies with the Halloween designs for nearly a month now with no problems. I called Pilsbury here in Canada after reading this and they have assured me that this is made on a nut-free line. I'm not sure if the plant is nut-free though, sorry, I didn't think to ask as my son hasn't had a problem with that so far.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2000 - 6:21am
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Claire,
I like the idea of making a separate treat bag for my son whose class will have a Halloween Treat Party next week during school. The room mother has offered to show me all the items that will be given out, and she wants to keep pb items out of the mix, but that's easier said than done (She didn't realize plain M&Ms are culprits...). If I just make Alan a treat bag of his own, that's one problem solved.
My question is this: Even though your child will have his own treat bag, do you worry about the other children running around the class with pb fingers (from whatever, cookies, Little Debbie snacks, candy bars...)? Or the classroom desks getting pb oil on them? While the room mother is asking parents to refrain from bringing peanut snacks, I just know a few will pop up with peanut traces or something they didn't think to check. Once a parent has spent their money on a snack they thought was safe, what is the best way to handle this?
I don't know what to do to make sure he's safe (I considered keeping him home). I will be there during the actual classroom party, but should I stay afterwards and wipe down all the desks? If other children have snacks with peanut traces, should I worry?
I am finding that public school is more difficult than preschool in dealing with this allergy because foods are such a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE part of the curriculum and instruction. My son's school is fabulous - very helpful and concerned - but old habits die hard, and food in the classroom is still ubiquitous (sorry, I couldn't think of a better word to say what I was trying to say). I'm very worried about next year when I plan to return to work...Working mothers, please tell me it'll be OK!!!

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2000 - 7:13am
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Colleen I need to tell you this. Please don't make him stay home and miss the party. My doctor said this may cause real anger. Maybe you could talk to your son and give him a special Halloween napkin to place on his desk. Explain to him when you know he is listening to you what measures that you want him to take. My son was lucky because I never missed a party so therfore I can see your worry. Is there any parent you can talk to that will be there to make sure he is safe. I feel that he will be if you talk to him. Is there any way you can send in individually wrapped handy wipes and pass them out. You know how children love these. Mine do. Do you have any relative that can attend this party. Even if you allow him to go in for the Halloween parade. This is so important to young children and we need to let them enjoy life. I know my son needed these little things just to find out how to take care of himself when he gets older and may not have there. Please talk to a parent that will be going to the party and at my school we have been so lucky because they let me explain to the children what to do. The children really listen better than adults I feel. Please let me know how it goes. Claire

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2000 - 11:44pm
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Hi Claire,
Thank you for your message. Actually, I tend to take small risks all the time so that Alan can still enjoy his life. But for some reason, this treat party worries me...I have planned to be there this school year for all field trips, parties, etc. I even drive him to and from school every day. It's next year that I'm worried about because that's when I plan to go back to work.
So, I will be there next week, and I'll bring him a special treat bag. I'll also bring wipes, like you mentioned. The parents organizing the party are trying so hard but they don't quite "get it" so they're feeling a bit frustrated, I think. It's like I'm shooting down all their wonderful "peanut-free" ideas (like certain cookies, M&Ms, etc.). Finally, one of the parents I spoke with last night said they'll just wait until the end of the party to give out the treat bags and let the kids watch a video instead. Know what, though? With the way things are today, I can imagine there's at least one parent who will complain about a public school allowing a Halloween video (no matter how innocent it is)...Good grief! Hopefully, it won't be a problem this time around.
Do you think the treat bags should be held until the last 5 minutes or not? Afterall, parties revolve around food. On the other hand, I have to consider safety too. What a pain!
If they hand out the candy early on and one of the items is full of peanuts, what then should I do? Since I shouldn't remove him from the party, what would be the best way to handle such an issue? Am I making too big a deal of this?

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2000 - 12:06am
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Torontosue, thank-you for your post re the Pillsbury Hallowe'en cookies in Canada and also for actually calling them! I know that they didn't have the "may contain" warning on them in my store. Also, it's within my "comfort zone" currently to allow my son to eat things that are made in a facility that has nuts in it, as long as the product itself is made on a nut free line. As long as a product from a major manufacturer that does label properly doesn't contain the "may contain" label, I buy it. Now, this is something that would change if Jesse had a reaction to a product that was made in a facility that had peanuts in it. But, that hasn't happened yet, so..... Thanks so much for your information! Maybe the kids in his class do get the Pillsbury Hallowe'en cookies after all! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Also, see, there's another way things are different in Canada and The United States. It's so difficult to get the "right" information and that's why when someone posts something that I want to question I start off now by asking them where they're from! Oh well!
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Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2000 - 1:09am
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Hi there No I don't think you are overreacting,because I don't think parents overreact if they are protecting a child from harm. I was just very fortunate that our school has always let me call the shots with my son. What I was thinking is maybe the class could take in donations and you could do the shopping for the party. I have done this before. It did go well. Maybe you could go with a cookie that you know is safe and maybe a couple of Halloween type items. The kids only need a couple things to eat anyway. If they really need a homeade cookie maybe you could make those with your child. This is so hard like I said people could not believe the measures we took,but they were suprised not mean. I wish you lots of luck. Handing the bags out right around dismissal would be o.k.because you could just take off at that point. Best wishes to you Claire

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2000 - 2:32pm
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Just a quick 'heads up' about candy corn if you plan on making those popcorn treat 'hands' in the gloves. Here in the states, there is a warning on all bags of candy corn. One said "may contain traces of peanuts" the others just say made in a facility that processes peanuts. So, double check before you buy any. I don't let my daughter eat any at all.
We are making them in my daughter's class and are substituting a piece of red "Twizzlers" for the fingernail.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2000 - 5:06pm
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Hello Everyone,
I just came to this page for the first time and was reading some of your questions and problems. I have a 10 year old son and he is very allergic to peanuts and a will tell you I have been there and done that. If anyone has
any questions about anything at all please feel free to e-mail me. As for halloween parties way back in preschool I was always the room mom. Here are a couple of treats. I would always try and follow the theme of the parties not only with the event such as halloween things but also with the color orange for example carrots, oranges, orange sherbert, orange jello-jigglers cut out in the shape of pumpkings, cheese cut into pumpkins shapes etc. I also want to add it gets so so much easier the older they get. Hang in there everyone it seems so bad now but trust me it does get easier. Kindergarten got real hard because there are so many more kids. But I was the squeaky wheel and don't take no for a answer these are our kids and people just don't understand. Just a little note I worried over this so much when he was little, I still do but remember If you don't know what is in it just don't eat it. This summer we just found out my 2 1/2 year old girl has Leukemia
so it kind of made me relize that the good thing about a peanut allergy is "you don't have to eat anything that you don't know what is in it".... Nothing taste that good.
Easier said than done. But anyways please write to me for any questions chances are I have been there. Its tough but it does get easier.

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2000 - 3:05pm
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I have many of these same questions about a Halloween party. My son's class is a peanut free class and they have been excellent about monitoring any food that comes into the room. Our school does not allow any homemade treats. I am struggling with what to tell parents who are bringing in treats for Halloween. There are so few choices of candy that do not contain a "may contain" warning and with no homemade treats the choices are very limited! The parents are trying so hard to be cooperative that I hate to keep shooting down all their suggestions for a treat. Would it be crazy to allow "may contain" treats for just one day? I'm afraid if I say it is O.K. for the Halloween party that it will come back to haunt me later. (No pun intended!) Any suggestions?

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2000 - 3:20pm
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I, personally, would not want to allow the "may contain" stuff even for one day. I would be concerned that it would send a poor message to the parents. They may feel that if it was o.k. one day, why isn't it o.k. every day? I could be totally wrong, but that is my gut reaction. I think there is still a fair amount of "safe" treats out there. I know there is already a safe candy thread, but I'm not sure if you're talking about other treats besides candy. Good luck!
I just remembered something that one mom did at preschool a few years ago that was really cute, and even healthy! She cut pumpkin shapes out of orange cheese singles and white cheese singles, then put the orange pumpkin in the white square, and the white pumkin in the orange square. At that time my daughter had a dairy allergy (which she has thankfully outgrown), and this mom was even thoughtful enough to ask me to bring in white and orange soy cheese for my daughter, so that she could have the same snack. It is parents like that who deserve a big hug, isn't it?! Anyway, that may be an idea worth considering.

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