I took our dog for a walk around the neighborhood and if the sudden drop in temperature wasn’t enough of a clue, the front yards full of plastic graves and fake giant spiders definitely were.
It’s time for Halloween!
Honestly, I usually start the countdown and costume development in September because it’s a big deal around here. Mo told me months ago that she wants to be a unicorn that shoots rainbows out of her hands…Max wants to be Pikachu.
My husband and I are huge dorks and a national excuse to wear costumes and eat candy with our friends ranks Halloween as our favorite holiday.
There was no way that food allergies were going to dampen our fun.
When Mo (now 5 years old) was little, we spent her first two years carving pumpkins and drinking mulled wine with our neighbors. My friend and I then took our very small toddlers trick-or-treating around the block. Mo had no idea what was happening which made it easier for my husband and I to pour her candy out onto the dining room table and pull out anything that had egg in it and hand her a more than generous pile of safe candy. We then fought over the Reece’s Cups and Snickers after she went to bed.
Max was a whole different ballgame.
His eczema was so severe that I had already cut out dairy, soy, and egg from my diet to no avail.
When the food allergy tests confirmed why, we shifted Halloween’s focus from candy to something safer.
Because I know that I can go a little overboard, I really tried to rely on the resources that were already out there.
- Safe Candy List – Spokin has already done the basic work for you. This list made it easy for me to run to the store and buy a stash of safe chocolate and sweets. Max is completely smitten with Enjoy Life Brand Chocolate and Swedish Fish. We’ve also added the sunflower butter cups from Trader Joes, Ring Pops, and starbursts.
- Fun Recipes – When I was new to the allergy scene, I started by looking at popular vegan baking blogs. Isa Chandra’s recipes were a fantastic bridge to allergy baking. Her recipes are delicious and trustworthy. Her pumpkin muffins are delicious and so are her pumpkin oatmeal cookies . With a few tweaks, it was easy to make them allergy safe. I usually substitute for the soy milk and use 1 to 1 GF flour. Since I don’t actually like nuts, I have always omitted them and never felt like I missed a thing. Also on the recipe blogs with great recipes, check out AllergyAwesomeness and Sarah Bakes Gluten Free. Both feature amazing recipes that avoid the top allergens.
- We signed up with the Teal Pumpkin Project – which is growing every year. We put out our teal pumpkin and passed out pencils. This year, I’m thinking about giving out nickels and dimes.
Now that both kids are in school, I think we are going to throw our own Halloween Party with costumes, allergy safer cookies and decorations, pumpkin carving and maybe a few family friendly movies.
What are you doing for the Halloween?