With Halloween only a few days away, I’ve been asked by many friends, “How do you handle trick-or-treating on a special diet?” The first thing I found out when we started this diet is that Skittles are gluten free. Hooray!…right? Well yes, they are gfcfsf. And that’s where it ends. They are also full of artificial dyes and colors and tons of sugar. So what’s a ghoul to do?
It is important to me that my son be able to enjoy a safe version of anything other kids get to eat. I like to make sure that he gets to have at least one or two pieces of candy that he can actually eat. This year, I went to Vitacost.com and ordered two Enjoy Life chocolate bars and some Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops. You can drop them in your kid’s bag or plan with a couple of neighbors and let them give them when you child rings their doorbell.
The Teal Pumpkin Project
If you haven’t heard about it yet, the Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). This campaign raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters by encouraging people to paint a pumpkin teal and place it on their doorstep with a sign saying that they have non-food treats. What kid doesn’t love a spider ring, stickers, fake mustache or the like?
Other Halloween Fun
There is so much more to Halloween than just candy. Our family is theatrical, to say the least. We usually start planning our costumes on October 1st and have lots of fun creating our family-themed disguises. We also do other fun Autumnal things like decorate the house and explore local pumpkin patches. And nothing takes me back to my childhood faster than whipping out some newspaper and getting ready to carve a pumpkin. Don’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds. Roast them for some delicious seasonal treats – plus they are high in magnesium and so good for you. Then turn on a Halloween movie and hop on the couch for some serious family fun!
Enter the Great Pumpkin
Ever a child of the 70’s, I turned to Linus from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and conjured up my very own version of the tremendous squash himself.
On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children!
So every year at Halloween, my son dresses up in great anticipation and goes trick-or-treating with his friends. He loves every minute of it. Sometimes he asks those handing out the goodies if they have anything gluten free. And he always grabs the bags of Skittles (even though I don’t let him eat them any more). But it gives him some power, and that suits me just fine. Then when we are back home, we dump the bag of sugar-coated treasure out on the floor and carefully search for anything resembling a natural gfcfsf treat or cool trinket. The remainder goes to the Great Pumpkin, who oh so generously brings a very cool toy to my sincere little fellow. (And my husband enjoys the spoils!)
There is only one problem…
The Lucys of the World
All the other kids know that there is no such thing as the Great Pumpkin. And my son…he’s a believer. Looking back, I wish I had gone with the more traditional Switch Witch name over the GP. In my defense, it seemed like a great idea when he was four. Oh well, live and learn! Now I tell him that some people call this giver of toys the Switch Witch and some call him the Great Pumpkin. Then I remind him that the Great Pumpkin only visits good little children with food allergies.