Still finding candy wrappers in your child’s bed and dreading the next dental visit? Here are some “lessons learned” from some real-life moms that will make next year’s Halloween fun and (mostly) sugar free.
It’s was that time again… pumpkin patches, changing leaves, brisk walks in the crisp fall air, and before you know it – Halloween. As the big night approaches, your six-year-old is in the garage looking for the wheel barrel to haul all the candy he plans to collect. Meanwhile, you, the health conscious mom, are pondering the compost pile in the back yard as the best burial place for all the sugary poison your child will collect. You don’t want to be the Grinch who stole Halloween, but the Goblin of Guilt is haunting you with visions of your child’s mouth resembling the toothless pumpkin you just carved. Relax. Before you give up the ghost and throw in the towel for a healthy Halloween, consider some ideas that a couple of moms stumbled on.
Fredrica and Mary met via the daycare their kids attended. Fredrica’s little blond, Bella, was changing her golden locks to a florescent orange, making her debut as “Pippy Longstockings” for Halloween, and needed an escort. Mary’s four-year-old, David, was very excited to be invited to trick or treat with Bella’s family for the first time. He told his mom how he couldn’t wait to get “tons of candy.” His mom was not a fanatic about withholding sweets from her child, but generally avoided sugar. Already she was thinking of hiding places in the house for the inventory coming home. She also wondered how it would go, knowing that Fredrica, Bella’s mom, was a vegan and made healthy eating a top priority for the family. Despite no master plan in advance, by the end of the evening, both moms were high-fiving each other and winking behind their kids’ backs – they’d pulled off the perfect Healthy Halloween heist! Here are strategies they surprised even themselves with – maybe you can store some of these tricks in your bag for next year:
- 1) Start early in the evening. Gather the kids in their costumes for a “tail gate” party before they start trick or treating. Fredrica served some pumpkin sandwiches . Kids are filled up and feeling satisfied with some healthy fuel before conquering the neighborhood. Hint: pumpkin based foods go with the ambience.
- 2) Grab your favorite recyclable bags and hand them to the kids, telling them that they are collecting candies for the Halloween fairy tonight.
- 3) Have a ball running around meeting neighbors you haven’t spoken to all year. Tip: don’t visit the dentist’s house if he’s like one pediatric dentist who passed out tooth brushes. Dawn would reveal the “treats” strewn all over his lawn. It is possible to take the health crusade too far!
- 4) After a great time canvassing the neighborhood, haul that 5 lb. bag of candy back to home base for the finale. This is when Fredrica sat the trick-or-treaters down for an evening treat – cut up apples. The kids loved it and were not only filled up and satisfied,but also distracted from the boat load of candy sitting on the chair. Next, mom had a