It's time to load up on candy so you can hand out lots and lots of sugar to all the neighborhood kids!
Halloween is one of few holidays that centers around celebrating with complete strangers. This is a great time to show your neighbors that you value health--and you value their health, too!
What can you do to help your neighborhood Discover Optimal Wellness?
Hand out fun toys and prizes instead of candy or food.
After going from house to house and getting one piece of candy after another, your house will be the highlight of the evening. Trust us, kids are not as crazy over candy as we are led to believe. They will be more excited about any of the following:
But this is an age-old tradition. I don't want to be the bummer on the block.
Consider that more and more children are suffering from Diabetes and are allergic to Halloween treats and cannot participate in the fun tradition of trick or treating. You can offer these kids a reason to be excited on this holiday.
Maybe I should just turn off my lights and watch a movie.
Health and wellness is not just for you; it's for our whole community. It takes each one of us to do things a little differently in order to experience a shift in perception, and an improvement in our health. Take the next few weeks to brainstorm, purchase or create fun candy alternatives. Include your children in this process; show them how much you value being healthy, and how fun it can be!
What about my kids? Should I keep them home that night?
Being healthy is FUN. We don't recommend that you let your children associate being healthy with missing out on the excitement. Here's one idea for turning the traditional fun into your own healthy version:
As your kids are putting their capes and crowns on, let them know that the Halloween Monster is in town and is really HUNGRY for sugar. He is willing to make a trade. He has toys for candy. He will offer one toy for every 10 pieces of candy (adjust the numbers according to your neighborhood!). When your kids return have them count out their candy, and then let the wheeling and dealing begin! Put the toys into a bag and let your kids reach in the bag (without looking) to claim their winnings. This will build the excitement and anticipation and make the toys seem much more special than the candy.
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