Halloween as a Food Allergy Mom


allergy halloweenI hate Halloween. There, I said it. To be honest, I’ve always hated it. As a #foodallergymom, Halloween has a whole new reason to be loathed. There has never been a year that I was excited about it, but as a parent, I have come to embrace the fact that my children really love Halloween and decorating our front yard!

One way I’ve made peace with Halloween is to focus on the activities besides trick or treating. For example, we go to as many fall festivals as we can find. This year, thanks to COVID, it’s a little harder, but not impossible. Here are just a few on our list:

Most importantly, we participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project organized by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). Every year, both my children proudly paint a pumpkin a vibrant teal to show that we are a safe place to stop. Although this year, it’s unlikely many, if any, will be trick or treating house to house, but we will continue to spotlight our teal pumpkin. 

If you know of more local activities, please share, and whatever you do, however, you celebrate, above all, stay safe!

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Maria Sette
I'm a full time mom/teacher/wife/daughter who feels pulled in too many directions! My son Michael took over 24 hours to be born, and at 6 months old he was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, eggs, soy, shrimp and wheat... all after my exclusively nursing because I was SO SURE that would help him be a healthy kid. The joke was clearly on me. Luckily at age 1, he outgrew his soy and wheat allergies. Fingers crossed the others will soon follow. In July of 2015 I gave birth to my second son, Christopher. Thankfully he doesn't seem to have an allergies and is pretty happy go lucky. I'm grateful between my husband who doesn't eat any veggies and me always battling my weight makes for 3 meals to prepare every night. No wonder I'm so dang tired! It's a good thing I love to cook and don't require more than 7 hours of sleep since I often get far fewer than that. I am addicted to Scandal and Nashville, but other than that, most nights I'm content to surf Pinterest and pin way too many crafty pins I will never do with my son. I hope readers can relate to me or at least have a chuckle at my expense.


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