Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween. It happened, and I lived to tell the tale.

Buzz and Chicken
I was fairly certain having a child with dye sensitivity on a candy filled holiday like Halloween would send me to the psychiatric ward. At the very least I expected a migraine, or permanent eye twitch, but none of that happened!

Here's how the night went down- we went to a friend's house. We put costumes on the kids. We went trick or treating. No one got hurt. Nothing crazy. The Boy somehow resisted the temptation of all temptations and did NOT open the full-sized bag of Skittles, nor did he dig in to anything else- in fact, he ate ONE piece of candy all night! It was an organic TJ's lollipop, and the odds of that happening peacefully are like a bajillion to zero. I should have gotten a lottery ticket on the way home last night.

I was fully prepared to whine and complain about this holiday, but it was actually a really good time! I'm looking forward to next year, especially since the focus for the 3 year old seemed to be the people he spent the evening with, "I have some really nice fwiends, Mama." Amazing.


  1. I feel like a lot of what I've read about food-sensitive kids has to do with them feeling left out. Left out of the treats at school, excluded from what everyone else is doing. Even as a gluten-free adult, I get cranky when everyone at work gets cookies and I have to eat an apple!

    Maybe the trick to dealing with these exclusions (which are magnified during holidays!) is to give him alternatives that are EVEN BETTER! Not necessarily food, but a fun activity with friends, like you did yesterday. Or instead of not being able to eat the Christmas cookies from the store, you have a decorating party with your own safe foods.

    Looks like you (and the boy!) are well on your way to adapting to all the fun scenarios involved with food sensitivities.

  2. Feeling left out is the worst- and I can honestly say that we had a really fun Halloween.

    I think having a cookie decorating party is a great idea! Thanks for your support, friend!

  3. I am always amazed that my kids don't complain about it more (especially the two that don't really react severely). They came home from Trick or treating, sorted the candy they could have and put the rest in a bowl and sat outside to hand them out to the trick or treaters that came to our door. I really think I am blessed by my children and that some things like this make your family stronger. It was nice to see how much the appreciate what they can have instead of focus on what they can't have.