My oldest son has been diagnosed with some pretty significant allergies this year. I took him to the allergist to figure out what seasonal allergies he was battling, and walked away from his first appointment stunned by the amount of food allergies he had. Since then, the news that he has even more allergies has knocked us down a few more pegs.
Luckily, none of his allergies are currently life threatening. In fact, at this point, we don’t see much beyond an itchy throat and watery eyes when he eats something he’s allergic to. The tricky thing about allergies, though, is that reactions typically get worse with each exposure, so even though he’s not showing any significant reactions at this point in his life, that doesn’t mean that he never will. With that in mind, we are taking it seriously and are limiting his exposure to the foods that he is allergic to.
Which means that this Halloween is going to be VERY different from the Halloweens of years past.
Aside from being allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, which are in a lot of candy, one of the things that Dylan is allergic to is corn. And either corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup are in pretty much every form of candy ever. It pains me to say it, and my family isn’t going to like it, but we’re going to have a (mostly) candy free Halloween this year. I feel horrible about it, mostly because my kids love Halloween because it’s the one time of year when I throw my rules about sugar out the door and we all gorge ourselves on gummy candies and chocolate bars. But it has to be done. I’m not willing to take the chance that Dylan will finally have a significant allergic reaction to something. I’m not willing to let him be the odd man out while his brother (and dad and I) eat whatever varieties and amounts of candy we want.
So, I’m going to take some ideas from this post about candy alternatives and we’re going to have our 1st Annual Candy Free Halloween. We’ll hand out toys instead of candy to the trick-or-treaters that come by our house. There have to be other parents out there who are like me and will welcome the reduced amount of candy in their little one’s plastic pumpkin. I’m also going to offer my boys money for their trick-or-treat loot, to be spent on whatever they choose.
And, let’s be honest, I’ll find some nut free, corn free chocolates so that we can all enjoy a little of the good stuff. There’s no need to go too crazy, right?