I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween despite power outages and recovery from hurricane Sandy. We had a great day despite the fact that it was my last day of maternity leave. I tried not to think about it (as I have been every day since baby girl was born), and just tried to enjoy the day and know that I'm going back to work for good reasons. Our happy day included story time at the library (with Halloween books and crafts!), and of course trick-or-treating around our neighborhood.
As with every holiday and special event, we have to make extra special preparations for our son with food allergies. There are a number of great resources online to help prep for Halloween with food allergies. Our main prep work for our 2.5 old was to:
- Buy a number of safe treats and candies for my son so he would be able to try new candy and also have something fun to dump out of his bag when he got home
- Play trick-or-treat ahead of time so he understood how to knock on the doors, say trick-or-treat and thank you, and then have Mommy and Daddy check his candy before he ate it. I figure parents have to check the candy even if their children don't have food allergies, so it's a rather normal thing to do!
- Make sure to switch the candy immediately when he got home. In future years we will explain this to him so he knows why he can't have certain candy, but for now he just doesn't understand the complete concept of food allergies.
Here's what I included in his bag this year. He especially liked tasting the chocolate bar and spider surf sweets (gummy candy).
Little guy decided at the last moment to wear his doctor outfit, although he's obsessed with firemen and had a fireman outfit all ready to go!
Baby girl didn't go trick-or-treating since it was too cold, so she stayed home with Daddy to pass out candy.