Friday, October 02, 2009

Halloween is Around the Corner

It's almost Halloween. My kids love this holiday. The treats are really tricky for my family due to my son's peanut allergy.

As you are getting your candy this year, consider providing peanut-free candy options to the Trick-or-Treaters.

Here's the list I am providing my son's teacher (click on it to enlarge, and of course if your child is allergic, always check the labels).

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder, JA. We give out whole Hershey bars, but I totally forget they could have traces of peanut dust. I'll make sure to have some Skittles packs on hand as well!! (We have a peanut allergy child in our neighborhood).

~Maggie

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Great reminder - my kids don't have allergies but I am sure with so many kids dealing with peanut allergies these day - we are bound to know someone with peanut allergies. I will definitely take a look at this list!!

He & Me + 3 said...

Great reminder. We also enjoy sour patch kids and swedish fish. YUM

Beth E. said...

Very good advice! Our youngest son is allergic to tree nuts. It's amazing how many people think that a food doesn't have nuts simply because they don't SEE any nuts in the food!

Same rules apply...read the labels. If a food contains pecan meal, almond flour, almond paste, almond extract, nut extracts, etc., then that counts as having nuts in the food!

Five Moms & A Blog said...

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Mimi

Colored With Memories said...

i'm embarassed that i never even thought of peanut allergies at halloween candy time. thanks for this obvious and helpful reminder! what have i been thinking all this time?

Lacia said...

Halloween, Christmas, and Easter are tough holidays for us because of the darn peanut allergy. Thankfully, over the years it has become easier. I live in Canada, and it seems every day there are more and more things that are popping up that are dedicated peanut-free. When he was first dx'd 6 years ago there was hardly anything.

What I do for Halloween is I specifically only buy peanut-free stuff. My son will go out and do his trick or treating and will let people put whatever candy in his bag. Then when he comes home we take out all of the un-safe candy and replace it with the safe stuff that we bought. That way he can feel somewhat "normal". Of course, right now he is going out with either myself or my DH, so we keep a careful watch on him. When he comes home, all of the unsafe stuff goes in the bowl of stuff that goes to the trick or treaters that come to our house. I do always ask if there are any allergies though.

Mimi said...

Wow, thanks for the reminder. This is honestly something I have never thought about.

When I was growing up I don't remember anyone with peanut allergies & since my sons are lucky enough not to have them, I never considered it for Halloween.

McCrakensx4 said...

Yep...we are a dum dum sucker house here!! Gotta love suckers! Here's to a safe Halloween season!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Last year I made a point of buying allergen free treats but then realized that it didn't say it on the individual packages so families wouldn't have known...sigh...

When are food manufacturers going to get better about labels?

Great reminder though...