Just wanted to say that we got through our 5th post-food allergy Halloween just fine. Ryan is currently enjoying some yummy snacks from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. Our guests brought our other candy home with them and were very gracious about only eating what we served at the party.
We are so grateful that everyone--children, especially--is so helpful and understanding. It is a difficult thing, to ask a child to delay eating the candy that they worked so hard to collect, and don't think I don't know that it's not easy for them! Seemed like the party was fun enough to compensate for any conflicted feelings about the candy.
Still--it's a tough holiday for the food allergic kids. The whole point of it revolves around food, and nearly all of that food is poison for my kid. And I always get nervous when performing the candy switch. Sometimes I pick out safe things to keep, like Tootsie Roll Pops, but this year I just gave it all away in favor of our safe stuff. It's too nerve-wracking, sticking my hands in there, trying to make sure no wrappers have been accidentally opened. There's always a moment of doubt, that despite all of my efforts to control the candy issue, that something will fall through and hurt him.
Anyway, I hope you had a happy and safe Halloween, too! I'll have pictures up today or tomorrow--the costumes were really cute this year!