Halloween, Some Special Tricks

All of us with children know that the anticipation begins to build  six weeks prior to the “big night.”  What will I be?  What will we do?  Who will I be with?  The planning starts early for the children in my circle, for they want to ensure that Halloween night is a big celebration.  And of course the biggest prize….all that candy!  Halloween can be a difficult holiday to manuever for those of us that are concious about food choices, nutrition and knowing where our food comes from.  I admit I love my sweets too, and my daughter and I enjoy a “treat” every once in awhile, but I never purchase our treats at the conventional corner market.  We buy vegan organic cookies, or organic dark chocolat etc.  So, if I don’t allow my child to consume the traditional “junk” treats throughout the year, why is it okay on this one special night?  Well, because it really is just one special night.  But, there are some “tricks” that parents can use to soften the heartache that comes from watching your child consume all that refined sugar, artifical flavorings, and funky coloring. 

  • When my child was younger I could get away with her Halloween candy “disappearing” after a few days, and she would never ask about it.  Now that she’s nearing 10 that’s just not gonna fly.  However, for those of you with younger kids, it’s okay for the candy to slowly “go away.”
  •   A good friend of mine always allows her children to trick-or-treat, but instead of eating their candy, the children are allowed to barter with it.  This creative mama has her children “trade in” their Halloween candy for treats at the local natural foods store (trade with their mother, not the store).   The Children still get fun stuff, just treats that aren’t filled with all the nasties mentioned earlier. 
  • It’s a good idea to plan a gathering with friends for Halloween night, so it’s not ALL about the candy.  If there are other fun activities to enjoy for the night, the children might not be quite so obsessed with the candy consumption. 
  • Have children trick-or-treat with a small size bag.  This will eliminate the need to fill a bigger pumkin pail, and lessen the amount of total candy won.  When the bag is full, it’s time to head home!

Published by heathercyrus

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest nearly my whole life and was raised to appreciate and enjoy the natural world. My passion for the environment and studying environmental justice, eco-tourism, green design, renewable energy, green cities, biodiversity, and biology led me to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. My knack for event planning, community organizing and media communications led me to pursue a degree in Journalism & Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. My two degrees dovetail nicely, providing me the tools to play my part in protecting natural areas in a constantly changing world of communications. I believe strongly in environmental education, and communicating the beauty and necessity of local stewardship. Being a mother is a daily reminder of the importance to lead by example for our younger generations. I strive to do all I can in my daily activities to make healthy choices for my community and family. I am Currently Seeking Employment! If you have a lead on a position that sounds like a good fit, please keep me in mind and let me know! I am currently in Portland Oregon, but willing to relocate for the right position. I’m interested in the business sector as well as non-profit or freelance work. I am available to guest blog regularly, part-time or project based for your company or organization. In the end, I have a lot of passion, leadership and drive to make a difference, and I can’t wait to start! See my PORTFOLIO section on heathercyrus.com for a resume and samples of work.

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