The Halloween Fairy: A Fun Solution Food Allergies and a Way to Reduce the Sweets

by Leila on October 27, 2011

Holidays are a time of fun, celebration and usually a lot of food… that last part is a nightmare for food allergy sufferers. Have you ever really thought about how much every holiday revolves around food in one way or another? I didn’t until I had a kid with life threatening food allergies which made my favorite holidays seem impossible to enjoy.

Halloween was a huge hurdle for us because it made me sad that my daughter could not Trick or Treat because 99% of the candy she would get would be dangerous to her.

Our solution?

Trick or Treat anyway and give the candy away!

Did you just cringe at the meltdown your kid may have if they had to give up all their candy? It can be a hard lesson to learn but the moral of the story is… It is about how much fun you have and not what you get.

It is a perspective that has changed our lives.

The Halloween Fairy

I used to think I was going to write children’s books because I have all these worlds I’ve create and stories I’ve shared with my kids. One of my favorite ideas is the Halloween Fairy. It is a career path in the Fairy world and our local Halloween Fairy has a backstory of her own.

It works for the Tooth Fairy so why not have a Halloween Fairy that takes away the candy and in return rewards the kids with something better?

Our Halloween Fairy visits us the night of Halloween and she takes these candies that will harm our teeth (that the Tooth Fairy needs to make Fairy Dust) and puts them to good use. There are gnomes and goblins that only eat candy, it makes them a little crazy hyper, so the Halloween Fairy uses the candies to pay these mythical creatures for jobs they complete for the fairies. Because the Halloween Fairy needs so much candy she will gladly exchange for some fun goodies.

She leaves Halloween gift baskets filled with coloring books, crayons, little people or hot wheels. Sometimes a big toy (like a Hexbug set or Nerf Guns). The kids usually maintain a “Gift List” where they will have a wide variety of things they would like so its easier for the Halloween Fairy to know their interests.

My kids never miss out on Halloween and it is never a bummer. The way they run from house to house, showing off their costumes and getting excited over all the candy they are able to give the Halloween Fairy has brought tears to my eyes many times. Seriously, how could I pass up seeing my son dressed like the Joker just because of his food allergies?

I admit... this post was partially motivated to have an excuse to show off this pic! 😉

This has been such a success that I know many people who have started this tradition and welcomed the Halloween Fairy into their world.

I give them a choice to keep as many of the safe candies as they want. Last year they really surprised me by giving the Halloween Fairy almost all of their candies… after all her goodies are much better than candy…

And a certain Mommy has a super secret special box of candies that the Halloween Fairy leaves just for her to enjoy late at night when she needs a little sugary treat…



About Leila DontSpeakWhinese

Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.

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Michelle October 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

What an awesome idea – I love how creative you are.


trish October 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

You are a freaking GENIUS. I don’t have kids, but I think I will borrow this tradition when I do have kids because it’s brilliant. Kids don’t need all that sugary crap anyway. But I DO! Ha. No I don’t. But still. You really do ninja kick problems away.
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Bacon October 28, 2011 at 8:56 am

Wow. I love that idea. I have heard of it before, but not with the whole backstory behind it! I think you should write a children’s book about the Halloween fairy. 🙂


meleah rebeccah October 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

OMG! The Halloween Fairy = BEST IDEA EVER.
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Galit Breen October 30, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Oh yes, I have a soft spot for fairies. And little boys with dandelions! Love this! 🙂
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By Word of Mouth Musings November 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

More of your absolute awesomeness!!!!
Love the fairy idea, beats just sorting out your kids candy and telling them what they cannot have by far!

Thank you so much for adding this into my meme – SO far behind after a weeks family trip and a conference with no internet … yes, you read correctly, a social media conference with no internet lol!
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