Halloween comes each year at a time that I am especially tired. There is no longer warm temperatures and sunshine to energize me. It has been replaced with multiple layers, heavy coats, gloves, and hats. It is also the end of football season. We have been going strong since summer and I need a break. My brain has been running non-stop trying to organize all of our schedules. I’m running like crazy trying to get the kids where they need to be with all of the supplies that are needed. Just where is that darn cheer leading hair bow? Is the teenager’s girdle clean? (I love that football players wear girdles. Giggle.) Not those shoes…………your other shoes. Does any of this sound familiar?
Most of our meals have quick cook times or come out of a crock pot these days. Time is not something I have a lot of, but I do have plenty of hunger to contend with. Let’s just say we have been eating a lot of breakfast for dinner. That is the quickest meal I have in my arsenal of quick real food meals.
So what does this rambling about football season and being tired have to do with Halloween you ask? I’ll tell you. Non-real food eaters are making me cranky. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. “Halloween is just once a year!” People are really concerned that my children are not going to get their fair-share of sugar. Really? Don’t you worry……they get plenty. I just can’t believe in this era of record levels of childhood obesity that people are seriously worried about my kids getting enough sugar. Maybe that’s why we have a childhood obesity epidemic??
Halloween is not “just one day”. They collect months of candy while out trick-or-treating. There are the numerous Halloween parties they will attend, with candy at each one. Even our dance teacher hands out cookies for a little “party” at the dance school. You know the place my daughter goes to get some exercise. Can you imagine them handing out cookies at the gym?
I am not an old curmudgeon. Really, I’m not. I love celebrating Halloween with my kids. We all love to dress up and be something we are not for a day or two. I fill up my house each year with family and we have a great time. I do let my kids go trick-or-treating and collect as much as candy as they want. Last year, we made a deal. They could eat whatever candy they wanted for a couple of days and then if they were in agreement, I would buy their candy off of them and replace it with a toy of their choice based on the amount of candy they gave me. The idea is that they should be rewarded for their “effort” trick-or-treating and the more they gave me, the bigger their toy would be. To my surprise, the teenager who has been eating Halloween candy till Easter for years, jumped all over the offer. He really wanted a Nerf gun. I didn’t know if it would work or not, but in the end………they all ended up with toys.
There are plenty of non-food treats you can send to school, offer at Halloween parties, and hand out for trick-or-treating. I did a quick poll on my Facebook page today and we came up with some great ideas. My Facebook friends thought that glow bracelets, spider rings, and vampire teeth would be super fun. Glow sticks were also a popular idea. I like to purchase glow sticks for my kids each year just as a safety feature for them. Kids love them and so do parents. Another creative idea was toys and other items that you would find in a pinata filler bag. I really don’t think kids will feel like they are missing out on anything when they find these in their bags. I can just imagine the fun they would have………….. and isn’t that what Halloween is all about?
Go ahead………tell me I’m crazy. Bring it on. LOL! Do you give out traditional candy or something else? How long do you let your kids eat their Halloween candy? Have you noticed how much other people like to give your children candy?
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