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Halloween can be a tricky time. An exciting time, but a stressful one for some. You want your child to have the best costume and experience every fall festivity your town has to offer. You want to make sure you get to every “Trunk-or-Treat” event and introduce festive movies into nightly routine.
And then there is the candy.
Don’t let candy hand you any additional stress. Candy has been a staple trait of Halloween for decades. If you actively participate in this holiday, you can either accept the fact that candy is simply part of it or find creative ways around the chaos. Some mothers have come to face the reality of candy being a major part of the holiday while guilt sometimes weighs down others. The following mothers share their suggestions when it comes to handling the sweet-filled season.
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Let Them Eat the Candy
“There are no healthy alternatives. Eat the damn candy,” says Michele Graham, mother of two. “The kids eat in moderation, but the sugar crash can be equally rewarding when they pass out.”
Reality can be a tough pill to swallow, but sometimes it’s worth it. Oddly enough, giving in and letting your little ones fully embrace Halloween – sweets and all – can make for good memories, good traditions, and a great night’s sleep.
The “Switch Witch”
“I’ve seen a lot of things about the ‘Switch Witch.’ It is where you give your child the choice to trade in all of their candy for a prize like a new toy or book,” explains Tiffany Rodriguez, mother of two.
For the little ones who may not be as familiar with candy and sweets as older children, this may be the healthiest alternative out there during this time of year. Though it does mean spending a few more dollars, it also means that candy will not be taunting you, or your children, from the back of the highest shelf.
Positive Behavior Means a Positive Reward
“My kids are still real little, but that doesn't stop us from being serious trick or treaters. Last year, we were out as long as we could be, even when it was sprinkling rain, because they wanted to collect as much [candy] as possible. We let them eat whatever they want for candy that day. As much as they can handle, I don't say no,” explains Cari Roraback, mother of two. “They actually end up deciding themselves that they've had enough eventually. After that day though, they only get a couple pieces after dinner as long as they were well behaved that day, not a terror, and they ate a fair amount of dinner.”
Introduce “Candy-Alternative” Traditions
“Popcorn balls were one of my favorite Halloween treats that my grandparents would make and give to me. Another healthy-ish alternative were caramel apples,” Alyssa Kurtzworth, mother of one, states.
Though healthy alternatives are scarce during this season, bringing in different treats can be not only a step healthier than candy, but a fun way to create a new tradition. Whether it is making popcorn balls or, simply, eating them, sometimes the tradition becomes more exciting than the candy.
Goodie Bags Galore
“I make goodie bags for the kids down the street and usually put granola bars and graham crackers inside instead of all candy,” says Megan Burdick. “Glowsticks are usually a big hit too for a non-food item.”
Sometimes the best part of Trick-or-Treating is getting something a little bit outside the norm. Instead of getting a few pieces of candy, your little one may obsess over a sweet bag with snacks and, most importantly, a way to have one heck of a dance party. Halloween is about making memories. By changing up the style of things or stepping outside of the box, you are doing just that.
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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