If you haven’t guessed by now, a holiday devoted to hoards of candy is not my favorite. Read on to find out why Halloween makes me anxious and if my children still love me at the end of it all!
It’s coming. I can see the date drawing near and I don’t like it. I have brainstormed over and over ways to get out of it. But it’s impossible.
I want to like it, I do. But I can’t. I am one of those “Is Halloween over yet?” people, waiting to push on to Thanksgiving and Christmas as soon as possible.
I always loved trick-or-treating as a kid, who doesn’t? We would fill pillow cases full of candy and then head home to sort it all out and barter with siblings. I ate myself sick and then slowly pieced on the rest over the weeks following. It’s a wonder I have any teeth, really.
Now that I have my own children, the balance is difficult. I want to let them be kids and enjoy it for what it is. I want them to dress up and have fun with friends and make memories. But I don’t want them adding all of that sugar/coloring/flavoring into their tiny bodies!
This is the system we landed on for Halloween at our house:
We go trick-or-treating, but not for very long. They are allowed to eat whatever they want that evening afterward, and then each pick out 5 treats to save. The rest goes in the garbage. Yep. We are hard core.
I have never ever had a problem throwing junk food away. It’s a gift.
My kids are actually fine with this. I think it’s more the experience of it all that makes them happy. Plus, around these parts eating as much candy as they want in one night is a rare novelty. They enjoy every second and then bemoan their choices all night long while I apply essential oils to their tummies and try not to say “I told you so.”
This year, I have decided to give out glow necklaces/bracelets/rings to trick-or-treaters and am really excited to do something different. I have candy options I am okay with, but this seemed more fun and kids probably wouldn’t appreciate the “good” candy either. If you want to do the same, here are some of the ideas I found: