With Halloween quickly approaching I have been in somewhat of a dilemma as far as what we are handing out for our trick or treats. After a year of helping families navigate the craziness of meal planning, recipes, reading labels and creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle, I felt like “I can’t hand out candy for crying out loud, there are many trick or treat options out there that are not candy”. We thought about balloons, stickers and vampire teeth. All totally fun options. But after running these ideas past our kids (Melissa’s and mine), I realized that I was losing the meaning of Sprouting Souls. Balance! This is Halloween, one night a year. I need to let it be what it is.
A treat is just that, a treat! If you are eating healthy every day there is plenty of room for a treat now and then. I know what you may be thinking. You may live in a neighborhood where the houses are 10 feet apart and the kids gather an exorbitant amount of candy in such a short amount of time. I know! I live in one of those neighborhoods. My husband brought a backpack one year to carry the excess candy. Ridiculous! We actually forgot about it and found it almost a year later when we needed the backpack for camping.
I agree, it is just too much candy but they don’t have to eat it all. Our dentist office has a buy back program where the kids can sell their excess candy to the dentist at $1.00 a pound and they send it to U.S. Soldiers that are deployed overseas. One year, we made up little baggies of candy and took it to an Assisted Living Home in our area. You choose how many pieces they can keep and give the rest away. I have to for my own health because God knows that I will be the one eating it all! Here are just a few tricks for your Halloween treats:
- Hand out stickers, pencils, spider rings or funny erasers. (If you feel like you just don’t want candy)
- Hand out one piece of candy at a time or ask the trick or treater to please only take one piece.
- As you are out trick or treating try to slow down the pace. Ask you child about their trick or treat and have them show it to you. (Also makes for a safer experience)
- Ask your child to only take one piece of candy from each house. (Unattended candy bowls on the front porch is an open invitation for a fist full of goodies)
- When the candy comes home just keep an eye on it and let the kids know that this is not their new source of nourishment for the next month.
- Find a buy back program in your area or create a donation idea of your own.
Please share with us any ideas you may have or things you and your family have done in the past. We would love to hear them! -Andrea.
Also, visit www.andreahoyt.com to find out more about the Sprouting Souls philosophy about Balance and Living 80/20.