Over the past month I've talked a lot about my efforts to cut down on the amount of sugar in my life, it's something that I've been struggling with for years. While I'm still consuming a little more sugar than is considered healthy, I'm happy with the progress I've made—I've finally tackled my sweet tooth!
If you've been following along with my weekly updates, then you may have noticed that I haven't mentioned Halloween yet. It isn't because our last update happens to fall on Halloween, but rather that I'm not concerned by Halloween.
Was that your jaw I heard hitting the floor?
Well pick that thing up and let me explain why I'm not concerned with a holiday whose main attraction to kids is running around trying to collect as much candy as possible before the neighbors turn off their lights and call it a night.
It all goes back to why we live an unprocessed life in the first place. We do our best to eat healthy every day so that when birthdays, anniversaries, road trips, special events, and holidays roll around we don't need to worry about letting go. I know that my son will gorge himself on candy for about a week, then lose interest in it entirely.
I'm ok with that.
I have very strong opinions when it comes to Halloween. Childhood is fleeting and I want my son to have the same fond memories of this holiday that I have—it's always been my favorite. That means we dress up, go door-to-door until we can't stand the cold anymore, and follow my dad's strategy for getting the most candy.
Pro Tip: always arrive at the door with an empty bag, people think you're just starting out and give you more candy. I don't mind carrying a backpack to make this happen, my dad did the same for me and it's one of my best childhood memories.
Just so you know...
I will not be that mother who offers to buy my kid's candy at the end of the night while he's still having fun going door-to-door collecting it. Hearing more than one parent make that offer last year really broke my heart, especially when I saw the conflicted looks on their children's faces.
As a parent I understand where this is coming from, but there has to be a better way, or at the very least a better time to make such an offer.
I am that mother who hands out treat bags packed full of candy. Teenagers get two, because they always end the night with less candy (sorry guys, it's because you aren't little and cute anymore. I get that and will take pity on you. I'll even pretend not to notice you came to my door two or three times.)
Pro Tip: Do you have a TP problem this time of year? Treat bags are great insurance that the kids won't come back and decorate your lawn—so far it's worked wonders—just don't try to sneak a tooth bush in them. If you hand those out on Halloween then you may as well put a huge sign in the yard that says TP ME!
Kids of all ages should be able to participate this time of year. I keep play-doh and glow sticks on hand for the little ones who aren't old enough for candy and for the neighbor kid who at one point was allergic to everything.
We know all about food allergies in this house!
If you have a kid with food allergies, don't make them stay at home. Talk to your neighbors and see if they're willing to hand out a special treat you've provided. You'll be surprised how many of them will understand the challenge you face this time of year.
If you're an adult coming by with your kids, come warm yourself by our fire-pit and ask us what beverages we have on tap—we've decided Halloween is the perfect time for an impromptu block party.
Get to know your neighbors!
There are 364 other days I can focus on living a healthy lifestyle, so instead of having an unprocessed Halloween I've made it my goal to make Halloween fun again. Do any of you want to join me?