Halloween with Children with Acid Reflux

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • Several weeks ago, I shared in a blog post that our family would be skipping the trick or treat ritual this year for the first time due to my youngest son's acid reflux disease.  In all honesty, I wasn't sure how it would all go. I'm happy to report that celebrating Halloween in a different way this year was a huge success for our family. I hope that sharing our experiences will encourage you to rethink some of your family's holiday traditions which may never have been designed for families living with acid reflux disease.


    This year, instead of trick or treating, we decided to take our two boys to a nearby town where several of the historical "tall ships" had come to dock for the weekend. As "hallows eve" approached, I found myself feeling more and more relaxed and relieved that I wasn't going to have to watch my son go door to door asking for treats he couldn't have.

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    When the sun set and we arrived at the ships, the sailors aboard were all dressed up in costume, and there was candy aboard for the kids, but the candy certainly wasn't the focus. Both boys seemed just fine with the substitute activity, and the best part was coming home, having a snack, and going to bed without the usual emotional turmoil of Halloweens in the past.


    The day after Halloween, my husband took both boys to the notorious Pumkin Chunkin World Championship which is only a short distance from where we live. Again, the focus was not on food, but only on fun. Before my oldest son (without acid reflux) went to bed that night, he told me that it was an "awesome" day. We all agreed that it was probably the best Halloween any of us had ever experienced.


    Of course both outings took some planning on our part to come up with alternative activities which didn't center around candy. But in the end, I think it was well worth it!


Published On: November 05, 2008