Halloween has always been a big deal at our house. We LOVE this holiday. During the first year of the diet, I panicked for MONTHS about what to do about trick-or-treating. I knew Alena would be crushed to gather all of the candy and not be able to eat ANY of it. I didn't want to exchange the candy for money because we had already been doing that for a while and it was getting boring for her. Then I came upon a letter that a dad wrote to his neighbors about the keto diet. Here is a link to that letter...
This was PERFECT and I knew I had to do it. But I REALLY didn't want any more cheap plastic toys laying around our house. So instead of attaching toys, I attached "coupons". The coupons were for experiences - like taking a walk with mom, an extra 15 minutes of TV (which one of my neighbors changed to 45 minutes!!!), going to a bouncy house place, ice skating, mani/pedis with mom, etc. I printed the letter out on bright orange paper, attached the coupons (cut out with a pattern scissors) and stuck them to the neighborhood mailboxes. Here is what I wrote in the letter.
My daughter Alena is 7 years old and will be dressed as a pink owl this Halloween. Alena has Intractable Epilepsy and, as part of her treatment, is on a medical diet called the Modified Ketogenic Diet. The diet is very strict and excludes many types of food, including every type of candy.
As you may imagine, Halloween will present many difficulties for Alena. All of her friends will be out trick-or-treating and getting tons of candy. She has always loved Halloween and is looking forward to it again this year. We would like her to be able to participate in as many Halloween activities as she can, including trick-or-treating. Instead of candy this year, we have decided to give her coupons for fun activities that she can do with her friends and family. We have attached one of these coupons to this letter. We are asking that when Alena comes to your door this Halloween that you give her this coupon instead of candy (her brother - a 3 yr old orange ghost - and I will be with her, and she will introduce herself as Alena).
Thank you so much for helping us to make this Halloween special for our daughter!
Alena was THRILLED with the coupons. And the neighbors were more than generous. Many of them had actually gone out to get her something "special" - like lip gloss, or stuffed animals, or little coin purses. It was really AMAZING how supportive everyone was.
Last year I decided to try the "SWITCH WITCH" - something that a fellow teachers does with her kids (who can eat candy!!) for Halloween every year. Basically, I just let Alena and Aidan trick or treat and get all the candy they could. After coming home and taking off our costumes we went outside with our candy loot and started shouting "SWITCH WITCH, SWITCH WITCH, COME AND TRADE OUR CANDY!!! SWITCH WITCH, SWITCH WITCH, COME AND TRADE OUR CANDY" We made a pretty big deal out of this and had a ton of fun being crazy.
After their baths, the kids went outside to see if the Switch Witch had come. And she had! In place of the candy, there presents! Aidan got a game that we could play with the entire family and Alena got a CD version of her favorite book (Percy Jackson). It was perfect!
This year, we are planning on having the Switch Witch come again - by request! I can hardly wait to go trick-or-treating!!!