ALTERNATIVES TO CANDY
We know that in kids’ minds, Halloween equates to playing dress-up and getting the chance to get as much free candy as possible – I mean, this is fun – it is every kiddo’s dream play date!! And, it comes around every year with the treats showing up on the shelves earlier and earlier each time around, building on that childhood anticipation. But what if you want to keep the fun spirit of the holiday while switching out the sugar-filled treats with some alternatives? The kids may at first give a little sad face when they see the basket filled with things other than candy – but at the end of the night or the week when they have had their sugar fill, they will be all smiles to have an alternative to munch on or play with. So here are a few alternatives we have found to fill those Halloween cauldrons up with. Give it a try this year and happy TRICK OR TREATING!
- Halloween Mini Playdoughs
- Single bag Pirate Booties
- Mini coloring books and crayons
- Sticker sheets
- Twizzle sticks
- Glow sticks
- Paper Airplanes GI Joe Parachuters
DEALING WITH KIDS & CANDY
So the kids come home with a huge bag filled with candy? What do we do? Do we put them to bed and eat it all ourselves while their sweet little selves slumber? Do we let them hoard it in their closets and leave it to be forgotten about? Do we take it to our coworkers or send it with our spouse to take to work? Any of these are very viable options but just in case you’ve been there and done that, and want something different this year – here are two resources with some very good alternative choices:
If you are wanting to limit how much candy your kids have or get to keep, tell your kids to pick out a certain number, such as 20, pieces of candy they get to keep and the rest will be given or thrown away. Then to avoid a binging of candy, let them pick out 2 or 3 pieces of candy a day or on certain days of the week until the candy is gone.
If having extra candy in the house is a real temptation for you as a parent, consider getting the excess candy out of the house as soon as possible to include throwing it away.
Given that we are coming up on a holiday that very much is associated with sweets and sugar, it’s a great opportunity to learn a little more about our bodies and sugar. Precision Nutrition has put together an informative and easy to read on just this topic.
COVID & HALLOWEEN:
WHAT WILL THIS LOOK LIKE?
This year has proven to be nothing, if not interesting, but as the holiday season arrives and we inch closer to Halloween kicking off the start of the season – what will it look like in this COVID era?
Some insight we have heard while asking around is that neighborhoods can band together to create safe and socially responsible options for trick or treating within their smaller communities.
One option is to do a neighborhood-wide pumpkin carving contest – every family puts out their pumpkins (besides a basket of trick or treat grab bags for the kids if desired), the neighbors walk around at dusk, and vote – the winning family gets a Halloween goodie basket and bragging rights!
Another option is to lay treats out on a table at the end of a driveway or edge of a lawn for kids to easily grab without touching other treats. Be sure to wash your hands before preparing the treats. You may also want to put them in individual baggies.
For more ideas, check out this article by the CDC with suggestions for holidays and Halloween.
And hey, who doesn’t like a good Halloween themed face mask?!
HALLOWEEN YOGA WITH YOUR CHILDREN
A creative and healthy way to celebrate Halloween with your children is through Yoga.
Follow this wonderful Yoga sequence to get into Halloween spirit using movement and storytelling.
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Jen is a certified nutrition coach and master personal trainer with a specialty in corrective exercise. She owns 7Core Wellness, where she strives to empower individuals to live better, move better, and become their strongest self.
Jen created the Warrior Approach and the Warrior Approach Guidebook, which introduces a simple system to plan and prep your way to a healthier life by creating sustainable, healthy habits. As a former Special Operations spouse and registered nurse, Jen understands the demands placed on the family and the challenges they pose to well-being. She is passionate about helping families find balance through self-care in an achievable and sustainable way by simplifying how to eat right and move more.
Sofia is a Yoga & Meditation teacher, Expressive Arts facilitator, Health Coach, and a Special Operations spouse of 20 years. She was introduced to yoga and meditation as she tried to process and understand their Special Operations family experience of repeated deployments and injuries.
These experiences caused deep feelings of disconnect and loneliness for their family. These cumulative experiences drove Sofia’s passion for sharing the tools of yoga, meditation, and expression with parents and children going through enormous amounts of stress. Sofia provides education and coaching that encompasses mindful movement, breath works, expressive arts, and comprehensive health and wellness coaching.
Emily is a nutritionist and performance coach. She works with people to develop plans that are nutritionally and physically focused, to help them sustain and excel at their life’s goals. Emily has a degree in dietetics and is passionate about nutrition.
Her passion for nutrition is specifically honed in on people’s relationships with food and how that can tie into ones emotional and mental health. Emily owns Adapt to Thrive Coaching, where she works with women to strengthen their love and appreciation for their bodies and minds through movement training and nutrition coaching. Her goal to provide women with the tools and environment where they are able to realize their power, strength, and ability to adapt and thrive through whatever life throws at them.