Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Boo! Halloween, Allergies and your Goblins

Don't let the idea of celebrating Halloween with an allergic child scare you!  Here is a re-post from last fall with ideas for your allergy-friendly celebration:

Just like many other moms, I am working overtime this week getting ready to celebrate Halloween. We are picking pumpkins to carve, roasting seeds to share, and trying on costumes. But, as we get ready for the fun, I am also thinking through the upcoming events to make sure that we are prepared for any allergic encounters.

I have had many people ask what they can to ensure that my angel gets to enjoy this fall fun. I always tell them the same thing. Give treats that aren't food. There are so many reasonably priced goodies that we can give and so many reasons other than food allergies to give something other than candy. You can read more about that on my blog: Fall is here - Halloween is coming!

But, the challenge of foods and Halloween only begins with the candy. I have to think about the dyes used in costumes (soy), the foods served at parties (corn, wheat, egg, cinnamon), and activities at school (bob for apples, painting icing on cookies, baking muffins). Navigating these things takes lots of creativity and time. I am always thankful to trusted friends and teachers who help me come up with ideas and take the initiative to provide safe activities for my angel.

One of my favorite places to look for ideas is Kids with Food Allergies. They have pages full of ideas and forums where parents can share ideas. Here are some posts that you might find helpful:
Whatever you do to enjoy this fun season, be prepared - have alternate treats for those who visit, carry medicines when out at parties, and educate your children. Let's all have a great holiday full of ghosts and giggles!

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