Know what really scares me about Halloween? It’s not the zombies and vampires. It’s the candy. That’s right, I’ll say it. Even as a candy lover myself, the idea of my kids bringing home piles and piles of sticky, sweet candy makes my skin crawl. Between school, church and neighborhood parties AND trick-or-treating, there’s way too much candy and other sugary treats. As a family we eat healthy most of the time with the occasional indulgence, so I’m not completely opposed to a few treats on Halloween. However, I also feel like we go too far and overload on the sugar. It’s not healthy for us as grownups, and it certainly isn’t healthy for our children.
So what is a parent to do? Do I take all the candy away? Let them eat as much as they want for one day and toss the rest? Spread it out over the period of a few weeks? What is the right thing? Well, that’s up to you and what you feel is best for your family.
I did a little digging around, along with some help from nutritioninst Kate Geagan, to come up with a list of 10 tips n’ tricks for a healthier Halloween, including plenty of ideas and alternatives to sugary treats.