Halloween is fast approaching. And…… where there is Halloween, there is Halloween candy. Oh – what to do with all of that sugar? How to let the kids have fun and excitement without the health worries of the aftermath of excess sugar intake with the unwanted consequences for behavior, teeth and overall health….
In times past, candy was a rare treat. It had to be a very special holiday or an unexpected surprise. Now candy is available on a daily basis for so many of us. You are sure to find some in almost all households. At Halloween, even twenty years ago, Trick or Treating was a small neighborhood event and the bounty had to be shared with your parents after they inspected what you brought home. Consuming those treasures was usually carefully spread out over time and monitored closely.
We have seen many attempts to limit both the acquisition and consumption of Halloween candy over the years. Dentists have offered cash rewards for turning over your candy. Parents have been creative about passing out stickers and toys instead of candy as treats. Costume parties on Halloween night provide an alternate venue for fun. We have so many choices. Still, candy abounds and hordes of excited kids run rampant from neighborhood to neighborhood looking so incredibly cute or laughably horrifying in their creative costumes while holding bags that are rapidly filling with candies of all sorts.
What is a parent to do? What will you choose this year?
Dawn Dolan, MA, ACN is an advocate for integrative healthcare, consulting with medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychotherapists, body workers, massage therapists and other healthcare professionals. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.