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
CarolynM's picture
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?


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