Food Allergies and Halloween

HalloweencatpumpkinIt’s Halloween and all around you children and adults alike are worrying about what they’ll be and what they’ll do on Halloween.

For many Halloween is the favorite holiday of the year. The chance to create an alter ego and project a persona different than what you normally have, is something we all like to do at times. Frozen remains a firm favorite for Halloween, along with Marvel Superheroes such as Batman and Iron man. Fairy tale characters such as Cinderella and the Little Mermaid remain popular.

For children with food allergies or medical conditions trick or treating can be a minefield. It’s hard enough for adults to realize they need to curb their diet due to medical reasons. It’s even more difficult for children. Yet the candy handed out on Halloween can send a normal child into sugar shock, never mind a diabetic.

How as a parent, family member or friend do you negotiate your way through this minefield while allowing your children to enjoy Halloween? Having faced this situation with my own son when he was younger I know it’s not easy. I also know even children with no underlying health issues are being gently lured into giving up their Halloween candy.

Many parents are ‘buying back’ the Halloween candy in exchange for a toy at the toy store of their choice. Your child has still been able to participate freely but he’s able to trade his candy for a toy of his choice. If this is your child or a family friend you can also make sure there’s a special Halloween treat which may or may not have candy in it for him.

Not being able to participate in Halloween or a special event the same way other children can is hard. But focusing more on what your child can have or do, rather than what they can’t is key. That worked best when my son had gluten allergies and will hopefully make for a fun filled Halloween for you and your children.


Halloween: history and reality


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  I looked up the history of Halloween 1)  to let my granddaughters know how it started 2) to find out a few of the lesser known facts and 3) for a blog post. What I found was old stuff for some, but maybe something new to you. Note: Most of this is based on this site: {Hey, I found it on the internet–and on an established, respected site (–so it must be true. Right?} 1) Halloween (according to some) started out as Samhain, a Celtic celebration where folks dressed up in costumes, lit bonfires to scare off roaming ghosts, told fortunes, and did other auld time fun stuff. 2) Others say that it was the dark side’s response to All Saints Day, a holy day set aside by Catholics to honor saints, martyrs and other special folk. If All Saints Day was November 1st, the evil spirits wanted to strut their stuff and cause havoc the night before, on October 31st (All Hallows Eve). Or so I was told as a child (a long, long, very long time ago). And of course, the Romans. They influenced so much… 3) Halloween (could have) started as the combination of two Continue Reading →