Halloween is next week, and it’s probably safe to say that for “real food” moms and dads, no scarier holiday exists.
I love Halloween. It’s the one time of the year when I feel like I live in a real community. I find the act of visiting neighbors door-to-door and welcoming them to my doorstep to be refreshing for my soul.
Here are my “tricks” and “treats” for ensuring that Halloween doesn’t derail us:
- I always plan a special early dinner. I make something I know the kids love and think of as a treat. But I also make sure it’s packed with protein and quality fats to sustain them for the evening.
- We usually attend a neighborhood potluck gathering. I bring food that my children can eat so that they don’t feel deprived. I also usually bring a big bowl of beautiful apples and they are always well-received.
- The kids trick-or-treat with their dad while I stay home and man our doorstep. I hand out candy that aligns with my values – dark chocolate squares or lollipops with natural colors. I just cannot bring myself to hand out candies with hydrogenated oils or artificial colors. In the past I handed out little gifts from Oriental Trading Company, but can’t stand behind handing out cheap plastic throwaway toys either. This year, it’ll be these chocolate bars.
- When the kids get home, I give them a few pieces of candy that I have gotten – the chocolate or lollipops. (Who am I kidding? My kids always go for the chocolate.)
- My mother always orders the family an arrangement from Edible Arrangements to arrive Halloween Day. So when the kids get home from trick-or-treating, they usually nosh on a few chocolate-covered strawberries and some cantaloupe.
- Before bed, we set the kids’ candy buckets in a special spot for the “Halloween Fairy” to come and find them. When they wake the next morning, their candy is gone and in its place they find a few small presents. This year they’ll get a few books, a small Lego set, and some new crayons.
That’s it. That’s how we roll on Halloween.
How do you navigate the Halloween candy season for yourself and your family?