I am going to let you in on a little secret. When the gluten-free kid (GFK) was a toddler, I was very overwhelmed with Halloween candy and the fact that my little boy couldn’t eat the majority of it due to his 35 food allergies and Celiac diagnosis.
I took matters into my own hands and told him all about the Great Pumpkin and how if he left his Halloween candy with a letter to the Great Pumpkin outside of his door on Halloween night, something magical would appear the next morning. We have been having this fun with all 3 kids now for at least 6 years and they love it. I love it because the candy is out of the house and the kids instead get a decent toy they have been longing for without the sugar rush from candy or the temptation to try something the GFK is allergic to.
On Halloween night, the kids go trick-or-treating, when they come home I swap out un-safe candy for “safe” candy and they eat up as much as they want that evening. Then, they put all of it in the hallway with really cute letters to the Great Pumpkin and when they wake there is a fantastic toy that they enjoy much more than the sweets. I then donate the candy to organizations that send it to our troops who are away. And I get to keep the sweet letters for myself. A win-win for all!
Please share what creative things you do with your Halloween candy or if you try the Great Pumpkin this year, let me know how it goes. I would love to hear more ideas!