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.
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?
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 a single Mom with two amazing kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.