How do you handle Halloween??

Posted on: Sat, 09/23/2000 - 1:21pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Does anyone have any tips for Halloween? I have a 4 and a 2 year old, the older one w/ milk & egg allergies, the younger one PA. They're very excited about trick or treating, but their combined allergies make most of the candy out there off limits. We've thought about switching their bags for bags full of 'good' stuff when they're not looking; taking little bags of candy w/ a note to all the neighbors beforehand; *giving* a treat at each house we visit ... Has anyone tried any of these, or doyou have any other suggestions?

Also - I've looked through old posts here but haven't found anything about safe Halloween candy. Has that topic been discussed here before? I know I can (and should and probably will) sit down and start calling manufacturers, but there must be over a hundred different kinds of candy at my grocery alone. Common sense helps we weed out some, but would anyone out there be willing to share their candy info?

Sorry - I just can't seem to be concise and to the point tonight!


Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2000 - 1:58am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

There is a short thread about peanut-safe Halloween candy under "Products" but I don't know if they would be safe for your children's multiple allergies.
We will take our son trick or treating on the block. When we get home he can trade his unsafe candy for safe candy (We're buying all safe candy to pass out, so we'll use that for trading to him). Also, he can trade with his sister, who has no allergies. We only go on our block so there isn't too much candy.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2000 - 4:52am
AmyJ's picture
Joined: 05/17/2000 - 09:00

We have also "traded candy" with the other non PA child. The sibling understands that his brother can't have certain things...that is a major part of our daily lives. Fortunately, the non PA child prefers what the other can't have. That way, we were not taking away from the one who can have it. He is very careful about washing up after "unsafe treats" that the other can't have.
Last year we had two separate storage containers for each one--so they would know which one the PA child could eat out of. This also came in handy when we had company or a sitter. We only allowed treats to come out of the safe container. When the PA child was sleeping we took out the "unsafe" container for the other to choose from.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2000 - 7:55am
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Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

My kids are 6 and 3, both PA. Last year I had them trade the candy they couldn't eat with me for non-candy Halloween treats, such as erasers, pencils, stickers, etc. This year, since that stuff tends to accumulate, I plan to have them trade the candy for money (a dime or a quarter a piece), then they can but something at the toy store.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2000 - 9:51am
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Joined: 06/21/2000 - 09:00

Since my son was small (he's 9 now), we've told him about the "Halloween Fairy". He leaves his bag of candy by his bed and sometime during the night, the Halloween Fairy takes the bag and leaves a gift in its place. She usually leaves a few pieces of safe candy as well. It never bothered him that other kids didn't do this. He always looked forward to the gift--and still does! Some friends with non PA kids have adopted this idea because-hey--who needs all that candy anyway?

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2000 - 9:56am
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So far, my PA son has been able to go out for 3 years successfully. Last year, he even went as far as to ask people at the doors that were shelling out if the food had any peanuts in it! Some of them, when he asked this, actually gave him something else that didn't. It was pretty amazing. But, it's also incredible how much stuff they get that they end up not being able to have. My whole thing is that I don't like my kids to eat a lot of candy anyway, so whatever safe candy he gets I feel is enough candy for him anyway. What I do when I get home is take all the unsafe candy out of the bags of both children and give it to one of the neighbour's children. I don't allow any peanut products into my home at all, even though I could hide the stuff and gobble it myself. I simply don't have that comfort with it. The one company that I buy candy from that is relatively safe, except for a couple of chocolate bars, and this is in Canada, is Nestle (previously Rowntree). They produce Smarties, KitKat, Aero, and Coffee Crisp, all of which are "safe". Also, this is also knowing that they do produce peanut products in their plants, but I am comfortable with that until I have an incident to make me feel otherwise. Trebor-Allan I had thought was relatively safe but I just read on the board here that their pre-packaged loot bags that I've always used are no longer "safe", they have the "may contain" label now. I have to check to see exactly which of their candies are no longer safe and I'll probably e-mail them because I was in contact with them in June when I had that incident at the school where the fundraiser organizer said that GummiBears were "coated in peanut oil", which I confirmed with Trebor-Allan was not true. At any rate, I know that when we get home, I always feel sad about how much candy he does
lose because it's not safe and it seems like the peanut candy bar makers come out of the woodwork at Hallowe'en, but again, since both my children are super active and I'm too old [img][/img] I feel they get enough candy after I've sorted through it anyway. Best wishes.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2000 - 11:12am
morgansmom's picture
Joined: 04/29/2000 - 09:00

We also trade the treats for safe treats after our daughter comes home. My daughter is allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. Here are some of the safe treats we've found, but keep in mind we are from Canada so there may be a difference in labeling and production. We use twizzler brand licorice (they come in snack size packages this year), yellow chicklet gum, no name jelly beans and gum drops (they come in larger package and we put them in snack bags), teddy grahams (honey flavour), pepsi cola, ruffles plain chips, hostess plain chips, rold gold pretzels, toys r us have suckers that are free of these allergens, rockets brand candies, ....and that's all I can think of at the moment. Good Luck! Your kids will get use to checking their treats with you, it keeps them safe that way too!

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2000 - 11:49pm
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Cindy...can you keep me updated on the Trebor Allen situation? I didn't think we could get Trebor Allen stuff here in the States but then I saw it over the weekend. Glad I opted for Spangler's Dum Dums Lolly Pops instead.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 4:03am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Heather - there is a thread started on Trebor Allen under "MANUFACTURERS - SAFE AND UNSAFE. Cinron Thomas started this thread and said she was emailing the company to find out more info. Hope this helps. Take care.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 8:34am
mkruby's picture
Joined: 05/01/2000 - 09:00

I LOATHE HALLOWEEN! But, deal with it. What we do is let the children accept the candy, as to not come across rude. We then either switch it with extra candy we have bought to trade it with, or we give it to another house to give away. We'll take one of theirs and give them three of ours...that ind of thing. Of course, we explain why. Personally, I'd rather skip the whole holiday altogether! It is the one holiday that points out to our kids that they are different..that's why I hate it so much. They deal with it though.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 8:48am
Triciasmom's picture
Joined: 08/03/2000 - 09:00

My DD is only 16 months, so Halloween is not a major issue in her life. We are planning to have a small Halloween party for her every year, and maybe eventually we'll let her go door to door with her brother and sister (who are 9 and 11). But my DH and I are not exactly enthusiastic anyway when it comes to the Halloween glut. I am hoping that she will grow up without feeling a need to run around the neighborhood in the dark asking the neighbors for potentially deadly snacks.
I was thinking that a party could include some relatives and some of her friends, with safe snacks and candy, maybe pumpkin carving. Anyone have any other good suggestions?

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 10:45am
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

My 7 year old son is allergic to peanuts, nuts, and eggs. What we do is have him trade in his candy for some safe candy we've gotten-smarties, sweet tarts, Vermont Nut Free and bring him to the toy store to pick out a very inexpensive Halloween prize. He and his 5 year old non food allergic sister are already talking about their Halloween prize. They love dressing up in costume and going around the neighborhood and seeing their friends, and we've tried to encourage their enthusiasm for that aspect of Halloween rather than focusing on the candy. Without my saying anything, some of our neighbors have given him non-food trick or treat items in the past, which has been great. Halloween is definitely a challenge, and like lots of what we do, takes some advance planning. Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 12:41pm
care's picture
Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

This will be our first Hallowe'en at this house.I have spoken to my neighbours about my sons allergy. We have a lot of children on our street and the street adjacent to ours, a lot of the children play together so everyone had to know about my sons allergy. Already (my son was only truly diagnosed this past week) parents have asked me what are safe treats to give him at Hallowe'en. I am obviously blessed with great neighbours but also whethar or not your child is allergic to certain foods a parent should always check a childs Hallowe'en loot and take out certian candy that looks damaged or open.I buy treats that are peanut free and can always substitute if I need to. I feel if we are matter of fact about it and don't go around feeling sorry for them that they will learn to deal with this better and therefore not feel "why me?" and abnormal.

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 5:25am
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Joined: 06/13/2000 - 09:00

My hubby takes our son and we let him accept all candy. When he comes home, we let him look at all of it and then we tell him what has nuts in it. He is only 4 and even last year, when he was 3, this worked well. He didn't want any of the stuff with nuts. I had a bunch of "safe" candy and we traded. He thought that was a lot of fun
[This message has been edited by creek14 (edited September 26, 2000).]

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 6:01am
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

When my daughter was born almost 4 years ago ON Halloween, I had a hard time with her Birth Day. AHHHH!! "A Halloween Baby"!! I remember yelling in the (LOL) delivery room "Rosemary's baby!!!" We'll name it Frank for Frankenstein if it's a boy!!
Now that I know about her PA I really have a hard time with her birthday. I'm with you MKRUBY...I loathe it too. She has 2 sisters and one brother. We let them all go trick or treating as usual and deal with it like you CREEK14...separate the *good* from the *bad* candy. It's about 50/50. My older kids just couldn't beleive it last year when we had to get rid of alot of their "hard earned" candy. Maybe they'll be better about it this year...yeah ...right...

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 2:13pm
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Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

First a note to Cindy and other Canadians - I noted you said the Nestle products are in a plant with peanuts. Actually, Nestle in Canada produces kitkat, mirage, smarties, coffee crisp and some Wonka candies in a completely peanut free plant. If you go to the Cadbury website ( you will find that some of their bars like the Crunchie and Caramilk and the mini Jersey Milk and Dairy Milk bars for halloween are made on dedicated nut-free lines (but only the easter creme egg is in nut free plant (hurray)). So it comes down to your own comfort zone re: dedicated nut free lines...
And while I am on this track, there is a link to the Cadbury UK site on the Cadbury Canada site which lists many peanut free products including 99 Flake (We sometimes get that here imported from the UK plant) and a bunch of other things (easter creme eggs for you guys too - but not the minis)
Now on to halloween....last year I bought some "safe" treats for my daughter (5 at the time) with the plan to trade with her (I got some gum and some rice krispie squares). I was very surprised when at the first door she piped up with "Trick or treat. I am allergic to peanuts." Most people then let her look into their basket and let her pick. She recognized the peanut free chocolate from here in Canada or she chose gum. One guy actually went back into his dining room and came out with a giant size kit kat that I guess he had around for himself!
When I checked the candy at home, she had not accepted one thing with peanuts in it so I was very proud of her. After all the effort she is not a very big candy fan anyway and she chose what she wanted to keep and I took the rest into my office (where it was polished off quickly enough)!
So Halloween was better than I expected!
[This message has been edited by DebO (edited September 27, 2000).]

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 2:55pm
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Deb O, thanks for the more detailed information re Nestle/Cadbury. See, your daughter did the same thing that my son did and isn't it surprisingly how willing people are to look for something else for the child?I was really proud of Jesse for asking about peanut products and you should be of your daughter too. It really shows that they are aware of their allergy and not that they can take care of themselves at this young age, but when it comes to an occasion such as Hallowe'en that has a lot of us freaking out, the kids are more on top of it than we are! That's the whole thing too, I think a lot of times, as parents we do internal freak outs about things and our PA children never know that we are and that's what's really good about this site. Anyway, thank-you for the up-dated info re Nestle. I had bought some mixed bags of mini chocolate bars for my daughter's birthday party the other day and the few that did have the warning "may contain" Crunch, Rolos, and another one, I simply gave to my friend to give to her children at home. I'm really pleased with their line of products and until something happens to change my comfort zone, I'm comfortable buying and eating them.
Kudos to the kids!

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 3:20pm
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

We are like you- you have the Halloween fairy well we have the Halloween Witch. She is a friendly witch and comes and takes the candy and leaves a toy. She takes the candy to kids who are in the hospital because they can't trick or treat.

Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2000 - 2:10am
kristene's picture
Joined: 09/27/1999 - 09:00

I guess I'm a real meanie, but I don't let mine go. To *us*, it just isn't worth the risk.
A couple of years ago, I dressed Eli (allergic to milk and eggs) up and let him hand out candy. I was a nervous wreck. I had never seen so many dirty (read: chocolate) faced kids in my life. We handed out safe treats, but I was a bear. It just wasn't fun.
So, we go out of town and do something fun. Go to the mall, ride the carousel, McDonalds, etc.
But, Eli is 3.5 and he doesn't even know the difference. As he gets older, we will have to adapt the plan.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2000 - 4:05am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi O's Mom ,
My daughter soon to be 5 is also PA. When she was small Halloween to her was getting the car and going to friends and familys house where you knew hey would give her safe treats. But now that she is older and aware of what the other kids do on Halloween,I will go out and get safe treats she can eat bag them up put her name on it give them to the neighbours. Thay all have understood totally. This has worked out grat and now she has the pleasure of going door to door without having her life threatend.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2000 - 7:09am
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I try not to make Halloween into too big of a deal around my house. We homeschool (or will be homeschooling) so I don't think the pressure will be too big. Still I want them to have fun and since my kids are still young I don't let myself worry about them going from house to house yet. For the last few years we dressed them up and took them to various retirement homes and let them give out candy (bring sugar free for the diabetics) to the elderly people. They really enjoy seeing the kids and alot of them don't even have family visit them. Of course we do go to friends houses who give out bags of safe candy to them.

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2000 - 8:38am
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Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

Halloween and Easter are bad for us. My son is 7 and loooooves to trick or treat. We try to take him to friend's and relative's houses. My in-laws always make gift bags full of fruit, safe candy, money, and juices. They make one for each grandchild (exactly the same) so Tyler is not singled out. My parents always buy him an outfit or a movie or something fun. We buy safe candy that he likes.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 8:46pm
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Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

I subscribe to FamilyFun magazine and in their Halloween issue this year, I caught a little story about how one mom, after moving to a new neighborhood where she didn't know anybody, decided to use Charlie Brown's "The Great Pumpkin" as inspiration. She let her then 4 (or 5?) year old son dress up, and they played games, then sent him to take a bath. While he was playing in the tub, she took leaves she had raked up from the yard and made a trail into the living room, then hid various pieces of candy for him. When she went to get her son out of the bath she suddenly stopped and whispered "Did you hear that?" Of course, the boy asked what and she said she thought she heard something in the living room. When they went to check, he discovered the Great Pumpkin had come to visit him.
After having to get rid of more than 75% of my son's trick or treat cady last year because they contained peanut products, I brought the idea up with my husband, and we've decided that (for this year at least) this is how we're going to handle Halloween. We have decorations up, and we've already started hinting about the Great Pumpkin to the kids (2.5y and 21mo). We're also going to rent "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" a littler closer to time. And, of course, all candies and/or gifts the Great Pumpkin will bring will be PA safe.

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2000 - 12:25pm
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Joined: 10/04/1999 - 09:00

We do not celebrate this holiday. We tell my 5 yr old PA son that we will do something special in place of Halloween. This year we are going to see Pokemon Live. What does this holiday mean anway? I'm being sarcastic (sp?) I grew up trick or treating and liked it, however, after having children & before I knew my son was PA, I had decided to find the meaning and history of this trivial holiday. Upon looking into the history of this truly evil holiday we decided not to celebrate it. If you really think how idiotic it is to hang skeletons, witches, and tombstones to decorate your home. I know that trick or treating is not celebrating evil, however, if one does not take this holiday serious than how serious does one take the true meaning and celebration of Christmas and/or other meaningful holidays? I know the majority of my posting is not on the subject posted but just needed to write my thoughts on it. Thanks and stay safe on the 31st.

Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2000 - 7:12am
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Joined: 10/12/2000 - 09:00

AMEN! Angela, thank you for that!

Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 5:16am
Mom of Wonderful PA boy's picture
Joined: 10/08/2000 - 09:00

I let my son go trick-or-treating with one of us (myself or husband) and his siblings. When the boys come all of the treats get sorted by us adults and then they can have some. Some we throw, we put the peanut products in one bowl or bag and the non-peanut ones in another bag or bowl. We keep the peanut ones separated and only let our little PA boy have from the non-peanut ones. No trouble with this fine!
I would not mind if Halloween didn't exist but it does and the oldest child is 8 so we can't very well change to this Great Pumpkin idea...but it is a good one, Mattsmom!

Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 12:41pm
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Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Angela I am not letting my family get your idea of not celebrating. This is the day my kids always through me a surprise party. We go trick or treating and then when we think it has been long enough for them to get the stuff into the house we go gome. No I am just kidding about not telling them. You have a good plan. Claire

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