Safe Trick-or-Treating, plus 3 COVID safe alternatives
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Halloween – Safe Trick-or-Treating, plus 3 COVID-19 safe alternatives.
Who is with me here? Seeing Halloween candy displays in the supermarket on August 27th is going too far! I happen to be a big fan of Halloween, I love getting the kids costumes ready, organizing a group to trick-or-treat with and seeing all the festive decorations. But gearing up for it two months in advance is pushing it for me. Of course, that did not stop me from perusing the assortment of treats and salivating over the candy, whose beckoning call I am trying desperately not to succumb to…yet.
Many of you may remember from previous posts that candy and food in general around the holidays, and any celebration, can be difficult for our family as we have a serious peanut allergy in our household. I have given tips before about bringing your own cupcake to birthday parties and making sure that your child remembers to ask before eating anything that they are not sure about. Halloween is particularly troublesome with the ubiquitous temptations and treats that sometimes don’t have any information on the label!
Candy or Gift?
I will say that the advent of the turquoise basket/pumpkin has been a real gift for moms like me who constantly worry that a peanut will accidentally make its way into my child’s mouth. If you put out a Turquoise basket or pumpkin it means that there are treats available from your house that are not food. It could be anything from a small container of slime to a Halloween themed coloring book. Don’t get me wrong as I mentioned before I love candy, although I try to consume it in moderation. It just makes it so much more delightful, and less stressful when there are easily identifiable alternative options out there for allergy prone kiddos.
In our house we do not give out candy or food on our stoop, instead we leave a Turquoise basket full of small trinkets, stickers and slap bracelets. I usually try to choose small favors that are Halloween themed but not too scary, our biggest hit last year was the glow stick bracelets we put out. When buying I let the kids help because they “know what our friends would like.” For us this helps make the process engaging for the kids and is an opportunity to remind my son that he will likely get candy that he will have to “trade” or get a few extra trinkets that were left in our basket, a process we have dubbed, treat trading.
If you do, like me, take your kids trick-or-treating it is not possible to guarantee that they will end the night with a peanut free bag of treats. There is bound to be either a peanut or peanut butter candy in their bags, or a candy that was made in a factory with peanuts. In our house we like to extend the fun by having the kids dump out their bags and sort through what we know is safe, and what we either have questions on or are sure would make us sick. Once we have a pile of “unsafe candies” we can trade for safe ones, either by trading with someone who does not have an allergy, picking an extra non-food treat from our home basket, or we buy a stash of safe candies that can be traded for as well.
All the “unsafe candies” that are not traded to friends get put in a bag and disposed of. The kids think I throw it away but really it lives in my bedside table, until it is gone…usually before Thanksgiving…Halloween confession time! 😛
COVID-19 Safe Trick-or-Treating alternatives
This year may be unlike any other in terms of Halloween, we may not be out in droves trick-or-treating the way we once were. We have come up with a few fun alternatives that keep the fun while being socially distant.
Organize a Halloween zoom – let the kids show off their costumes one at a time and say why they wanted to be that character.
Do some Halloween “Caroling” in your pod – have a group of people that your kids are still seeing on a regular basis, like close family or friends? Drive the kids over and have them sing some Halloween songs such as 5 little pumpkins, or Old Clifford Skeleton outside the house. Not seeing anyone these days? Have the kids sing you a differenet song in each room of the house. Give them a treat for their “scary” performances!
Halloween car parade/playdate – get a group of parents to park their cars face to face at the local park. Kiddos can pop their heads out the sunroof and yell “boo!” to each other and show off their costumes in person. Pro tip: Keep the child locks on so no one is tempted to exit the vehicle.
Hope you enjoyed my tips and tricks for a safe, healthy, and delightful Halloween!