October 31, or All Hallow’s Eve, is a yearly celebration that begins a three-day Christian observance dedicated to remembering and honoring the dead, including saints and martyrs. While this day is celebrated differently in many countries (attending church, lighting candles on graves of the dead), in the United States we tend to celebrate it with festivities such as costume parties, pumpkin-carving contests, decorating our homes with orange and black and, of course, trick-or-treating.
To balance the increased intake of sugar and calories from all of those treats, think of different ways to incorporate fun and fitness into trick-or-treating. Here are a few suggestions that will provide an opportunity to be active this Halloween: Continue Reading »
Halloween. The crisp, October breeze in the late afternoon and the mounds of giggly, costumed kids running around the neighborhoods asking for treats is a sight to be seen! Halloween is a fun day filled with laughter, surprises, tricks, and…treats.
Many parents wonder what to do with the candy, most of which have little or no nutritional value. Kids want to eat it (preferably all in one sitting!); parents want to curb its consumption. Some parents want the treats out of sight to avoid the temptation for their own sake!
Here are a few suggestions to having a guilt-free Halloween: Continue Reading »
Ah, Halloween. The feel of the crisp October breeze in the late afternoon and the sounds and sights of giggly costumed kids abound!
Kids in spooky werewolf costumes, lovely princess outfits, superhero get ups that transform a 3-foot child into a mini muscle man, and of course pets dressed up as devil dogs, hot dogs or angels. Halloween is a fun day filled with laughter, surprises, tricks, and… treats.
What to do with the treats? I hear so many parents complain about what to do with the treats after Halloween. Kids want to eat the treats while parents want to curb the consumption of treats, and in some cases parents cannot resist eating the treats as well. Here are a few suggestions to having a guilt-free Halloween.
- Establish rules before Halloween. In my household, we have a jar designated for candy and treats. We keep only what fits in that jar, and the rest gets thrown away or given away. This has caused my child to be very judicious about what treats she wants to keep. Banished are the lollipops, spicy candies, gummy bears and gum. In the jar go the chocolates and the occasional chewy candies. My daughter has figured out that she values the chocolate treats much more than the other candy, so those make up the bulk of what is in the jar. This process allows her to be in control and make her own decisions. As such, there are no temper tantrums or angry feelings. Your family could establish something similar or have other pre-established guidelines such as “no gum” or “no sticky candy.” These have to be developed before Halloween season so it does not come as a surprise to anyone.
- Contact your dentist’s office. Many dental clinics will “buy back” unopened Halloween treats. Some dental clinics will offer a nominal payment per pound of treats for registered patients ($1 a pound for a $5 maximum, for example). Other dental clinics accept donated treats during a specified time period around Halloween. Contact your dental clinic to find out if they participate in a similar program. Continue Reading »