Mom's Witchy 'No Nuts!' Halloween Flyer Brings Out the Trolls

Halloween allergy flyer sparks controversyHalloween is that one time of year where kids (and adults alike) can dress up for a night of fun and make-believe. Yet, there are certain precautions Mom and Dad should take to help ensure their child is safe. One parent created a Halloween flyer that reminds people of children with allergies, and to "practice responsible parenting."

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No one can deny the importance of food allergies and our little ones -- grown kids too -- but this flyer doesn't seem to sit well with commenters who saw it online, and I understand why.

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Look, I get that as parents, we're very passionate about our children, and have every right to come to their defense when and where needed. I just think the tone of this flyer was more combative than it needed to be -- and probably didn't get the intended message across because of it.

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In general, it is good to think of others (I know that's more Thanksgiving than Halloween, but still applies) -- so let's make a few edits to this flyer, as I'm sure the intention was not to come across a little mean-spirited.

  • Educate about the teal pumpkin. A great way to get folks on board -- and add a stylish decorating touch to the front porch -- is to challenge people to place a teal pumpkin at their door, which lets those with food allergies know the candy and snacks are safe to eat.
  • Focus on others first, and then your child. Unless it's your intention to get personal Halloween goodie bags dropped off at your doorstep, let's push the importance of focusing on all children who might have a food allergy, instead of yours ... at least in the first sentence.
  • Add a few pleases and thank-yous. Giving folks the benefit of the doubt can definitely help cultivate relationships. There's probably a very good chance that neighbors in this parent's community didn't intentionally exclude his or her child. So instead of coming off in an accusatory manner, a simple please and thank-you added to "don't exclude my child" can work wonders.
  • Please watch your words (see the please in there?). Statements like "practice responsible parenting" aren't a good way to rally the troops ... at all. Yes, people should consider others, but I bet most who purchase Halloween candy just pick up a few bulk packs from the store -- and don't always weed through it to see what has nuts and what has dairy. It's not a personal attack.
  • Try not to tell people what to do. Giving a recommended list of safe candy and snacks for children with allergies to consume is great (it does cut down on what to Google). Telling people "Do not distribute candy containing nuts of any kind, gluten, or dairy" really isn't the way to go. Unless someone plans to pay people to purchase the specific items they want, a suggestion is the better approach.
  • Have a backup plan. If all else fails, there's nothing wrong with sneaking extra candy and snacks into your kid's bag. You can make the exchange before your child sorts out his or her loot at home.
  • Recommend a community event. Plan or host a community event that gets the kids together and, more importantly, gives those with food allergies a chance to enjoy another Halloween event.

 

Should you or someone you know plan to give out Halloween candy, please think of those little ones (don't forget the big kids too) who might have a food allergy but still wish to participate. I can definitely take those Snickers bars off your hands.

 

 

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