Happy Halloween 2013!
With kiddos aged 4 and 8, trick-or-treating is a top priority around our house…even in the pouring down rain this year. The excitement of running full speed from house to house, had smiles plastered from ear to ear on each child! And coming home and dumping their loot on the kitchen table is the highlight of the night.
In our house, though, gorging on candy and overdosing ourselves in the high fructose corn syrup & artificially colored rainbow of “fun” is not an option. With mitochondrial disease and multiple food, additive and preservative allergy/sensitivities in the “house”, much of what is in the candy does not mix with our family’s biochemistry!
Sooo we have made a little deal with the Candy Fairy (closely related to the Tooth Fairy, but not well liked by TF due to her tooth decaying loot!) to perform:
Trick or (NON EDIBLE, preferred) TREAT!
Here is how it works-
We sift through the loot, anything non-edible can be kept
(sadly this year the only non-edible treats were the ones we gave out at our house).
Then we package up all the candy in a bag. We let the kids have a “safe” treat which is usually a lollypop or “sucker” from Yummy Earth.
Then they write the Candy Fairy a note, and head off to bed!
And in the morning the Candy Fairy has arrived and whisked the candy out of the house (and off to “work”) and left behind a certificate that can be turned in at the toy store (good for one toy!). Halloween lives on for a few more days… no one gets sick eating food that they are intolerant to and 2 happy kiddos still can’t wait until next year to go get even more candy for the Candy Fairy!
P.S.- I Loved this friendly reminder on Halloween… for all kids- allergic, tube fed, autistic, sensory adverse, et. etc. … with a little understanding and patience we can make this holiday safe and fun for ALL!