We are not giving out candy this Halloween. We have not given out candy for the entire 4 years my son has been on the Earth. We simply have a problem with processed foods, and the muck candy corporations think they can cram into foods because it’s colorful or has cartoons characters on it. When my son was born, I became keenly aware of what was going into both my body, and his body. We choose healthy. It is a process for us, and I’ll admit to more than a few Starbucks runs recently, but we’ve entirely cut out any kind of candy or soda, and we are weaning off sugar, too. We are down to fish as our only meat, and I’m weaning that out of our diets, too. (Shh, don’t tell the husband.) It didn’t work for us to go cold turkey (no pun intended, but that is funny.) , but the process has been great. On Halloween, it is a great opportunity to take a giant leap forward to say no to processed candy.
We live in a neighborhood that simply overflows with children. For a solid 3-4 hours in the evening every October 31, we have a steady stream of ghosts, goblins, murder victims, princesses, heroes of all capes, cowboys, pumpkins, and the occasional baby in a pea pod suit. (You know who you are.) It’s adorable, but we never give out candy. The really cool part, is the kids have actually started coming to our house on purpose because you know what we do give out? Glow sticks. If you watch, you’ll see the kids stopping other kids in the street to ask “which house gave those?” It is really fun to feel like the cool parents one day out of the year.
That’s right. Glow sticks. We go to the dollar store and buy several tubes of those “crack and shake” glow stick/necklaces, and we pass them out. The whole neighborhood lights up and we are the cool parents that make that happen. (Check out this link I found when looking for an image. It’s 44 packs for less than $6)
It is really a nice change for the kids in our neighborhood, and it makes them safer because they are now easier to spot since they, you know, glow in the dark, and are therefore more visible to cars on the road. THE BIG PLUS is that you are not feeding neurotoxins to your friends and neighbors (or your kids). The Huffington Post published an article today about how red dye really is a neurotoxin, just like all the ADHD parents have been saying. Read more about that here.
Giving out glow sticks is also a really fun way for our son to celebrate Halloween, since his fear of scary things currently keeps us at home this night (He is 4, and just not ready for scary walk abouts. It’s not good for him to think “those monsters” live near his home, where he sleeps, you know?) So being able to give out glow sticks and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” as well as the Winnie the Pooh Halloween episodes is awesome. We will have a little party here at the house, dress up in costumes, invite over our parents, and eat fun (healthy) snacks.
Some other great ideas for non-processed food Halloween goodies:
Crayons and coloring sheets
anything really that you might give as a party favor for a birthday party, packs up great to give away here.
What I do NOT recommend:
dental hygiene products (what a party pooper you are)
packing up “healthy foods” you fixed yourself. (that creeps me out as a parent. I will never serve my child food someone I don’t know personally fixed for them, even if they are my neighbor.)
What are you passing out this Halloween?
Stay happy, stay healthy.
Happy Eating, everyone!