Who else does not trick or treat?

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 3:05pm
batrice's picture
Joined: 04/14/2003 - 09:00

We do not go out and trick or treat. Instead, we make a big deal about them dressing up in their costumes and handing out the safe candy at our house. My pa ds is 6 and my youngest ds (kna) is 3. It has not been a problem at all for us. We decorate the yard and house, play scary music, and have fun at home without having to worry about unsafe candy. We let them eat a few pieces between visitors, but it is not a big deal for them that they do not go get candy from other people. When they get older, we will make a haunted house sort of thing and adjust our home strategy to their age.

mommy to gabriel 11-25-00
who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, & shellfish.
and michael 6-16-03
step mom to:
isaiah 06-18-96
rebekah 09-13-97

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 6:47pm
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

Am really fretting about this issue this year as we just moved in March. In our old neighborhood (a cul de sac of 12 houses) I would go around in the afternoon of Halloween and hand out goodie bags (full of safe sweets I compiled) and ask folks to hand them out to my boys (4 next week, 8 in Nov.) when they came round with me. This worked great.
But now we're in a new neighborhood that is again a cul de sac but with 30 houses and I don't know everyone and don't know if I trust everyone to keep the goodie bags seperate and not get nuts on them, etc.
So I'm wondering if this year might be the first year we just dress up and no trick or treat or I try to go round to some of the houses with some goodie bags. I'm really actually stressing out over this. I want my kids to be able to trick or treat but peanuts are so prevalent over here at this time of year. I'm really struggling with it.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 8:48pm
hopechapel's picture
Joined: 12/11/2005 - 09:00

I've only trick-or-treated once with my two year old. So, very different story. But, I was surprised how it was not really that hard. My son was more focussed on ringing doorbells and holding out his bag. Later we sorted the loot with him and exchanged Vermont nut-free for most of it. No problem. We all had fun. But two is two. I don't know if it will change every year. Trick or treating is on the way out anyway, but I geuss unsafe parties are no better. I would either have a nut free halloween party and invite some kiddie friends or/ trick or treat and then sort. My point is that as they get older, they will want to have fun with their friends on Halloween, not just their parents --- my hope is to look for ways to make it social but not compromise safety.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 10:17pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We are taking our kids trick or treating! We would never miss it. My 2 yr old with PA will only go to a few houses, but my 8 yr (KNA) old starts talking about what she will be next year the day after Halloween. I don't think about what he might get! We usually throw out the majority of the candy anyways. Even before we knew my son had PA. I do not think there being say M&Ms or reeses PB cups in his trick or treat bag will be bad for him. I will try and tell the person no to PB stuff and hope they have safe things. I bought a bunch of kissables snack size and dum dum's. He will be the happiest 2 yr old you have ever seen! Also, a lot of my neighbors know he has PA and so far 2 have told me they would have dum dums for him. I understand peoples hesitation, but it is such a big part of childhood that I am not going to let him miss out! If something else works great for other people that is wonderful, but yes, my family will be trick or treating!

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 11:26pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

It is such a fun night, social, and so much comraderie in our neighborhood for Halloween, that dd would be very crushed not to go. Ds caught on as soon as he could walk! He just loves being with the "gang."
If your kids are happy, and have a great time, wonderful! Its all about fun, right? I think my kids would enjoy your tradition if they were not so embedded into a social group in the neighborhood that does all this together every year. We live on a large circl of 50+ homes, very much seperate from other neighborhoods due to a busy main road and lack of sidewalks once off our street. In fact, people drive here to trick or treat as well. It grows every year. A festive home like yours would be an attraction and very popular, which gives the kids alot of pride and joy.
I have downgraded the candy I give this year, as it was getting very costly! So, we have a huge mix of some of the "penny candy" style stuff(smarties, tootsie rools), as well as the snack size chocolate stuff. We go through 12+ bags!
The unsafe stuff goes to the "sugar Witch" and kids get some books or trinkets. becca

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 11:47pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

We send the candy (both cubs get lots of non food items in their bags) to my work and the firehouse my husband works at. It's like feeding carp. Gone before it hits the break table.
In trade, we give them a selection of their favorite treats when they get back. Enough to hoarde for longer than I care for.

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 12:02am
stephi13339's picture
Joined: 03/09/2006 - 09:00

We do not trick and treat, or celebrate Halloween at all. I used to organize a harvest party at the church for the kids, but these last few years the family has just stayed in watched movies, popcorn etc.

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 12:06am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by becca:
[b]It is such a fun night, social, and so much comraderie in our neighborhood for Halloween,[/b]
I agree! We have a list of the homes that really put in the effort. You know, dig pits, pop out, chase you around the yard. The boys live for it.
My new video camera has [i]night vision[/i]. I'm so gonna have fun. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 12:56am
gvmom's picture
Joined: 08/24/2005 - 09:00

We don't go trick-or-treating. Both my boys (7 & 4 1/2) dress up and pass out candy. We also make a big deal about decorating the yard and do let them eat candy while we hang out. What has been nice about being home, instead of out wandering around, is my older son was able to give candy out to some of his classmates last year. Had he been out and about he probably wouldn't have gotten to see them -- or even recognized who they were. It was fun for him to open up his front door & give them candy.

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 1:12am
Sarahfran's picture
Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

We've always gone trick-or-treating. My DD absolutely loves going around and seeing all the houses decorated and being out at night when she usually isn't. It's such a fun night and the neighborhood goes all-out too--lots of decorations, people hanging out on their front porches talking to each other, impromptu parties. Too much fun!
The peanut allergy has never been an issue, ever. A lot of families will now hold out the bowl and let the child choose the candy, so Claire often gets to choose a safe option to begin with. When we get home, we weed through her candy and trade the unsafe candy for safe stuff we bought and take the unsafe stuff into work.
On a side note, I bought candy this weekend and was impressed with how easy it was to find safe Halloween candy! When we started this ordeal, we either ordered a mix from Canada or had to make do with icky stuff. This year I got Kissables (yay!), Junior Mints, Twizzlers, Skittles, and something else yummy that I can't remember, all without having to hunt high and low.

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 1:54am
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

I agree. We love Halloween in our neighborhood. We even take turns "booing" our neighbor's houses (leaving a surprise Halloween goodie on their doorstep at night - not a food goodie but a few trinkets for the kids, a decoration, etc.)
We've never had a problem with the PA on Halloween. We are with our son trick or treating. No candy can be eaten until we get home and checked and/or traded in for safe ones. Believe me, plenty is received. We just threw some out last week from last year!!!!


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