We enjoyed a safe and fun Halloween yesterday. Hope you had a safe and enjoyable Halloween too! This year, I accompanied Buzz Lightyear and Darth Vader (known as "Dark" Vader to those still unable to pronounce the word "Darth"). We had a successful trick-or-treating outing followed by some exciting rounds of flashlight tag at a neighborhood Halloween party. One house we visited had a separate bowl of treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies! Very cool!! While we did receive a number of small plain M & M packages and other candies which we deem unsafe due to peanut traces, we received very few peanut containing candies. Just a few Butterfingers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and M&M's with peanuts which we've already thrown out. We avoided touching the wrapped candies by sporting gloves which matched the costumes. I presented the gloves, light saber and flashlight as costume accessories and the kids loved that idea. We saw lots of impressive Halloween decorations on our way and at the party too--floating eyeballs, skeletons in chains, strobe lights, and pumpkins galore.
I wouldn't think of skipping trick-or-treating because of the peanut allergy! The kids love running amok at night, in the dark, and in costume with their friends and family. While the candy is exciting too, and there are safe candies, Halloween can be so much more than candy. This year was especially fun since Halloween fell on a Friday night, and we couldn't have asked for better weather. It was an opportunity for the kids to simply enjoy being kids, do things they don't ordinarily do, and stay up late with friends and family on a clear and starry autumn night--all the makings of fond childhood memories.