At the risk of getting the windows egged and the car toilet papered, we’re skipping the chocolates and candies this year for Halloween.
In early September, my wife saw flats of mini-sized Play-Doh for cheap at the warehouse store. She scooped up 2.
Perfect for birthday party loot bags, playing around the house, and .. .. Halloween. Mostly she bought it so that there wouldn’t be boxes of chocolates sitting around the house for weeks before Halloween tempting our every move, because while the kids don’t eat the stuff (I know, they love yelling TRICK OR TREAT but hate eating candy, go figure), we do.
Then last week, I saw the letter from Fletcher’s dad that floated around on Reddit last year at Halloween. It just underlines how awesome parents can be, how fun Halloween can be, and how easy it is to make it all-inclusive.
Fletcher has epilepsy and it’s managed through a strict ketogenic diet. Candy isn’t allowed in that diet, and that kinda blows a lot of the fun for a kid on Halloween. Everyone is handing out candy, and seeing that his son wanted to trick-or-treat with his friends, Fletcher’s dad pre-seeded the neighbors with things his kid would love and would make the night magical.
In the face of people who try to ban Halloween or scare people into not participating, Fletcher’s dad saw an easy way to be flexible and make the event all-inclusive.
So maybe in addition to the candy and chocolate boxes, you’ll have some small plastic farm animals, pencils, stickers, erasers, raisins, pretzels, Legos, or fun straws sitting by the door too. Now there’s no need for you to have the entire dollar store’s stockpile sitting on the stairs, but it’s stuff you’re buying for birthday parties anyway, so why not skip the Halloween candy and drop something in the pillowcase that all kids can enjoy?
Discovery Ridge happens to be just a couple of miles down the road from our house. I expect to see more than a few little Angry Birds ringing our bell this season and if one introduces himself as Fletcher, we’ll be ready.
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