One of my peanut allergic daughter’s favorite Halloween activities when she was little was our annual post trick-or-treating “Happy Halloween Treat Swap”. I would fill a plastic pumpkin with various peanut free food and non-food treats tailored to her interests and sticker each with an assigned value. For instance, colored pencils may be worth 3 treats, a mini-pumpkin may be worth 2 treats and something more extravagant like a gift card to a favorite store could be worth 20 treats, for example. The majority of the treats were small and inexpensive and changed with her interests from year to year.
A variation of the Halloween “Switch Witch” game, this alternative allowed her to make some choices rather than surrender all of her peanut laden Halloween treats and simply wake up to find that they had been replaced by the “Switch Witch”. She often decided to exchange some of her “safe” candy because she was more interested in the items offered in the swap. Our tradition was such a hit that my son, who has no allergies whatsoever, asked if he could play too! Create a new tradition that works for you and your family! We would love to hear what you come up with to celebrate. Have a happy and safe Halloween!
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