The Food Allergy Grinch Who Ate Halloween

If Halloween had a Grinch, this year it would be me. I didn’t want to deal with the issues that food allergies bring to what should be a fun holiday. I didn’t want to explain to my little guy why he couldn’t have candy. I didn’t want to be the helicopter mom at the Halloween party. So… We didn’t go to the Halloween parade and party at his school. And we didn’t go trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. Instead, I reluctantly bought candy at the last minute and I cheated on his costume – he wore his Superman PJs. And it turned out to be one of the best Halloweens I’ve celebrated in a long time. He had so much fun just sitting at the front door waiting for the trick-or-treaters to come by and give them candy. He’d say “Trick-or-Treat guys” and drop a piece of candy in each open, waiting pillowcase. The teenagers (and there were a lot of them) thought he was adorable in his Superman “costume.” And I realized that I can’t, nor should I, shelter my son because of his food allergies or … [Read more...]