When I was little my family told me that Halloween was a night where kids that were healthy and able could dress up and head out and "trick or treat" for kids that weren't able too and then we were allowed to keep 10 pieces and then we made individual bags up to take to the hospitals the next day to handle out to the kids that we're able to go out the night before. I believed this was the reason for Halloween...Until I was 10 years old
I went over to my girlfriends house the day after Halloween and she pulled a GIANT pillowcase out of the back of her closet and dumped it on the floor and it had to be 15 pounds of candy! I couldn't believe she kept all this candy from the kids at the hospital!!!! What was she thinking!!! I asked her why she did that, and she of course had no idea what I was talking about and told me to grab whatever pieces of candy I wanted while she went to get her Mom to explain to me that this wasn't what Halloween was about.
I sat there on the floor of her bedroom staring at all that candy and started wondering what else wasn't real! I mean, I could have been stockpiling candy all this time!!! As I scanned all the candy I saw one with a coconut and a palm tree on it and I thought that looked super cool it was called an ALMOND JOY that sounds so fun and happy, and also a palm tree was on it! (I'd never seen a palm tree in real life at this point in my 10 years of life, and I thought they were so magical...I still do!) As I started chewing it, it tasted so amazing and then all of a sudden I was having trouble swallowing and I couldn't exhale, but I wasn't choking. I was so scared, I thought this was God punishing me for eating the sick children's candy, I looked up and saw my friend's Mom coming towards me with sheer panic on her face. I remember she kept trying to pat me on the back thinking she'd lodge something free, but there was nothing stuck...I was for SURE being punished for eating the candy. Then the next thing remember was being stabbed in the leg with what I know now is an Epipen. In that instant we learned I was allergic to nuts. Luckily, I've grown out of my allergy over the years, but I am always very aware how this can make anyone feel...So This year we're doing Halloween a little differently!
. I recently became aware of the Teal Pumpkin Project. I have nieces and nephews that have food allergies and I love that they now have the option to enjoy Halloween just like their non food allergic friends. You can post this awesome sign in your yard to let the parents and kids know your house is a safe house for allergy free treats!
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