What does this week mean to you? Halloween parties, dressing up and trick or treat, or is a nightmare but not of the Elm Street variety. All about you running the gauntlet trying to avoid stuff your child is allergic to, attempting to manage what can be a potentially out of control experience, when it comes to avoiding foods you know trigger a bad reaction.
Let’s get the facts down, allergies are very common and particularly in children, severe reactions according to the NHS are rare. In food, thinking halloweenie wise, the most common triggers are nuts, eggs and cow’s milk, and dressing up-wise latex..think about costumes and masks. We’ve written and teach widely on the topic, today we have our ‘let’s be practical this week’ witches hats on.
Here’s some top tips for a spooked free experience:
Ever thought of not handing out sweets to trick or treaters? Start a trend with your friends, hand out stickers or small very low cost gifts. Just agree beforehand so there are no surprises or tears
Really think creatively about the food you serve at parties – there are heaps of recipes out there here’s one we love …a super fruity jack-orange-lantern
Make Spooky Cups
Cut off and scoop out an orange so you are left with the orange outside (think pumpkin carve goes mini) Squeeze out the juice – fill with grapes, melon balls and fruits of the forest or fruity jelly made from the orange juice
Do something with your other families like a sponsored trick or treat walkabout to benefit a charity close to your heart. It’s really not too late to do it and only takes simple steps to put together.