My boys and my husband have always loved Halloween. It’s their favorite holiday. Ghoulish creatures are placed strategically around our front yard, candelabras adorned with spider webs decorate the mantle, jack-o-laterns get carved and giant spiders and rats show up in startling spots throughout the house. And the costumes? They're discussed for weeks in advance.
While candy isn’t mentioned, Halloween wouldn’t be complete without it. Trick-or-treating is the absolute culmination of this much anticipated holiday for my children.
I do enjoy the festivities with one exception. Candy. It's the scourge of Halloween. I’m a nutrition ninja mom, first and foremost. The long list of unrecognizable ingredients and chemical food colorings appall me. I don’t want any of that junk in my children’s bodies!
But the concern about candy stretches beyond that. My middle son was diagnosed with a life-threatening peanut allergy when he was 2 years old. I remember that first holiday, running to neighbors' houses with snack baggies of grapes and other peanut-free goodies for them to hand out when he’d come to their door. (I think the goodies included sugar but maybe not...) Yes, grapes! He loved them.
Finding appropriate Halloween treats became a little more difficult when my peanut allergic child was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 4. Grapes are peanut and gluten free -- but they weren’t going to cut it anymore, I’m afraid. We scoured the lists online and, once again, provided some appropriate candy for our neighbors to hand out. It was challenging but doable.
With age, this protective bubble broke. Going to a few houses in the cul-de-sac just wouldn’t do. These boys wanted in on the FREE CANDY BONANZA! They wanted to race to every house and say those magic words to get piles of candy dropped into their bags. Frozen fingers, wet costumes that wound around their legs -- nothing would get between them and the acquisition of candy.
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