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Fall Traditions

Skip the candy, but not the fun!

My kids are highly food sensitive.  They don't tolerate gluten, dairy, refined sugars, or artificial dyes well.  So basically, they don't eat candy.  Believe it or not, they actually handle this well and very rarely complain.  Even at ages 3 and 5, they understand that it makes them feel horrible, and they choose to feel good so that they can participate in activities and have fun.  Yes, the most candy filled day of the year is just around the corner, but the kids are looking forward to other fall family fun.

When you have kids with dietary restrictions, you just have to focus on creating new traditions.  Favorite fall activities for our family include visiting a local apple orchard and a pumpkin patch.  In past years, we have hosted a pumpkin carving/decorating party the weekend before Halloween.  Be sure to take advantage of local family events too.  We like to visit Connor Prairie Interactive History Park each year for the the Headless Horseman event.  The kids wear their costumes and have a great night at the park.    Another family hit is visiting the kid-friendly haunted house at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.  Last year we hosted a Halloween Carnival in our garage for trick-or-treaters with games, prizes, and crafts.  The kids invited their friends from school to stop by and the neighbors came by to join in the fun.  Older kids could create a haunted house for trick-or-treaters.  This year the kids have decided to go trick-or-treating with their friends, but they will Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF instead of candy.  You could also get your friends and neighbors involved by holding a Trick-or-Treat for UNICER Party.  Staying home and handing out "safe" treats can also be a fun alternative for kids.  Then they get to see everyone's costumes.  Remember focus on the positive, and you're kids will too!

This year the kids are also excited about planning special Halloween food.  We'll have Grain-Free Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast.  We are planning to try cooking a whole chicken in a pumpkin following this recipe.  They also want to have these fun Apple Sandwiches and maybe some spiced hot cider for special treats. The key is to get the kids involved and create a fun, family tradition for the night.

Do you need help getting your picky eaters to make better choices?  Schedule a free consultation to start getting your family back on track.

Happy Fall!

Kelly


 
Here's my blog post about the Allergy-friendly Halloween Carnival that we hosted last year.
Skip the candy and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year!
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