I’m not the crunchiest of people out there: I don’t grow my own food, or make my own deodorant, or drink bone broth daily. But I definitely swing more to the natural side of things than your average American. I like to limit caffeine and sugar and gluten. I wear natural deodorant. And I drink bone broth at least a few times a month.
Given my somewhat crunchy nature, I’ve started researching what to do about ALL the Halloween candy. I’m a bit premature on this because little daughter is only 19 months and thus:
- will not know about ALL the candy
- will probably only make it to about 3 houses before bedtime
- will easily forget about any candy she sees
- will easily be swayed to have a more healthy treat
But I’m nothing if not prepared, so I’ve rounded up a few good ideas for this year and all the other Halloweens to come after. Whatever ideas you choose to help with reducing sugar consumption around Halloween, I think it’s important to chat with your kiddos first. Explain why you want them to eat less candy: to feel better, to make sure their bodies are healthy, etc. With older kids there will likely be more negotiation and working together about how much and what kinds of treats you’ll be eating.
Here are the best ideas I found for what to do with your Halloween candy:
Talk with Your Dentist. Many dental offices participate in dental buy back programs (you know, promoting good teeth health and all). You can check with your own dentist or do a quick Google search to see which dentists in your town might participate. Sometimes they do money or sometimes a small gift in exchange for the Halloween candy.
Send it to Our Military. With my brother currently serving overseas this one is super important to me. Operation Gratitude works to send excess Halloween candy to the various branches of the military. This seems like such a thoughtful thing, and would be a good way to help your children practice acts of kindness. I don’t know about all the soldiers, but I know my brother has days where a Snickers bar would be just the thing!
Plan a Trade of Your Own. Offer your kids an exchange of a gift, money, or experience for their Halloween candy. You can just negotiate the trade or you could make it into a fun tradition by using a story such as the one of the sugar mice.
Provide a Substitute. Find a treat that you don’t mind your kids indulging in (a little bit) and substitute it for the candy they collect. I still don’t want daughter eating a ton of candy, but I’d much rather she eat her favorite chocolate chips than a lot of high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors!
The great thing about all of these ideas is that you can mix and match and find what works best for you each year. It will vary by the age of kiddos and how much you trick or treat. Hopefully we can all find a way to celebrate the holiday as we wish without eating too much sugar. Happy Halloween, friends!