Halloween is a one of my favorite days but also one of the scariest! Every year Zoe and I dress up and go trick or treating around the neighborhood. We live in a pretty amazing area with such fun neighbors and awesome homes that open up for the night. Adults, kids, and pets walking around, laughing, having a blast. This day causes me to worry about what she grabs and what people have been eating who touch her hands. We realize when we get home to check the loot that 99% of the treats are things she can not have. Heck, they are things I shouldn't even have in the same room as her. We go because I want her to feel empowered over her experiences. Which leads us to this really cool new movement.
The Teal Pumpkin Project: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.WAqyNYReCRs
Paint a pumpkin Teal and have non food items available at your stoop. Think fun bracelets, stickers, and other little items kids would love. When you participate kids with severe allergies can feel included. What we want is not to create more work or trouble for parents of non-allergy kids, but inclusion for all kids.
So, let's help everyone feel included. It will help the kids to join in on the fun. (It may also save a parent from eating all the confiscated candy too!)