I thought I would share about our Halloween experience. This is a bit about the adventures of Trick or Treating with a peanut allergy. Halloween was full of activities beyond Trick or Treating. I will post pictures and details on our family blog.
At every door, the kids said "Trick or Treat" and David immediately told the people that he was "allergic to nuts." This was greeted with some confusion. Also, many people just couldn't understand what he was saying. He would say it over again. Then most of the time, the people would get out an item that didn't have nuts. On a couple of occasions, David started to ask if the item had a nut warning.
Seth and I tried to go up to the door with the kids to help explain (and diffuse) the situation. David wanted to ensure that everyone knew he couldn't have nuts. He would have stood there and talked to people about it for a long time. In between houses, we told him over and over that we were going to go through his candy and that he would be able to switch out any candy that wasn't safe. It didn't make a difference. He told each and every person that he was allergic to nuts. We were concerned because he was so adamant. And then we reminded ourselves that we were the only ones that were hearing him over and over.
One time when we were trying to remind David that we were going to check his candy, it hit me hard why he was being so diligent.
Daddy: "David, I want to tell you something."
David: "Daddy, I know... if I eat a peanut, I might not be able to breathe."
(take a deep breath)
Daddy went on to explain that we were going to keep him safe.
Now, the funny part... The trick or treating conversation went like this:
All 3 boys: "Tick or Treat!"
David: "I am allergic to nuts."
Thomas: "And, I don't like nuts."
So... at each and every house the people found out that David is allergic to nuts and Thomas does not like nuts. (Of course, Thomas has never had nuts. So, he is just as adorable as ever with the way he loves his big brother.)
At one house, an older lady started to hand David a peanut bar. David told her that he was allergic to nuts. She looked at him a bit confused. He said, "I can't have nuts!" She moved her hands to put the peanut bar in Thomas's pumpkin candy carrier. In one swift movement, Thomas moved his pumpkin behind his back. (It was all I could do not to laugh.)
When we got home, we went through David's candy first. At least half of his candy wasn't safe (or at least we weren't sure about it), so he got to trade it in with our "special candy". As Seth was counting out the candy he got to trade, Jonathan came over and offered David some Whoppers (which are David's favorites). He said, "David, you can have these." Then he told me, "It is so he doesn't cry." David was no where near crying. It was special to see Jonathan thinking of David's feelings.
By the way, we decided that the other boys could keep the candy that had "nut warnings" ("made in a factory that processes peanuts" and things like that) but they could not have any of the candy that had nuts or peanut butter in it. They did not mind at all. There is something extremely fun about getting to trade in candy.
I think that Trick or Treating and trying to educate the neighborhood is very tiring. Jonathan and Thomas showed no signs of slowing down until we made them go to bed. David, however, was wiped out.