Oh my … is it high season for candy or what?!
This year, I’ve proudly avoided the candy isle, but, with a neighborhood full of kiddos gearing up for trick or treating this weekend, I’ll need to make a shopping trip soon before Halloween is all but replaced by Christmas.
Each year (in addition to candy) I purchase a variety of spooky non-candy alternatives such as pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos and pretzels; which surprisingly, many children in my neighborhood respond to quite well, with some coming back to ask for more at the end of the night!
Here are some tips to get you through the highs and lows of the most sugary (and scary) night of the year:
Set the ground rules. Remind your child that no candy should be consumed until after you have had a chance to check it over at home. Take this opportunity to feed your child a snack, like a piece of fruit or healthy meal before heading out for the fun. If your child has a full tank, they will be much less tempted to dig into their candy hull early!
Be a role model for you children. I know all too well how tempting it can be to over indulge in these sweet treats. If your child observes you eating Halloween candy in moderation, they will surely follow your lead.
Out of sight out of mind. Rather than leaving out a community candy bowl or allowing your child to keep the candy in their room, take this opportunity to let your child pick a few pieces of their favorite candy for a sweet treat later in the week. Remember, candy is an occasional treat.
Send away the leftovers. This is a tough one, but worth it. Halloween is the beginning of the holiday blitz. Don’t let these treats weigh you down! Send em’ away!
Boo! Don’t get caught with your paw in the candy bowl!