It's Halloween, and the stores are full of gigantic bags of candy everywhere you turn. Even if you're not a total sugar maniac, it's hard not to start thinking about how nice a piece of chocolate would taste right about now!! I'm the first to admit that I often eat several of the sweets in our big trick-or-treat bowl as I'm handing everything out. (Gotta make sure they taste ok, right?!) So this year will be a challenge for me as I make my way through my "One Small Step" journey of eliminating processed sugars & foods. We get truckloads of kids in our neighborhood on Halloween. So usually that means pounds of candy sitting in my pantry, calling my name, as I wait to hand it out. But this year, I'm trying to be mindful of what I'm giving out. It seems a bit wrong for me to hand out candy to others, especially if I'm changing my own narrative and moving down a path of conscious living and healthy choices. This year, we are going to try something new and give out treats without the sweets.
I decided to run some ideas past my son & some of the neighborhood kids, to get feedback on what they would like. Here's what we decided to go with:
Mini Play-Doh Containers: The littles in our neighborhood are HUGE fans of play-doh, so I know this one will go over well. The Halloween colors are fun, and the sizes are perfect for a trick-or-treat bag.
Glow-in-the-dark Halloween Rubber Ducks: Totally random, I know!! But I'm a big rubber duck fan, and these crack me up!! I ran them past my 14 year old son & his friends and got a thumbs up. Seems they have a quirky & ironic cool factor that make them acceptable to the teen & tween crew. There are a few styles out there on Amazon, we're just partial to the zombies in our house!
Stickers are always popular! So we went for these cool jack-o-lantern stickers because our guest panel of neighborhood kids liked them the best. There are tons of fun Halloween options, so go with whatever makes you smile!
Glow sticks & bracelets!! A perennial favorite!! I'm getting 2 packs of these because everyone wants to wear more than one. I want kids to be able to grab a couple, since they are also a great safety feature out there in the dark. (I'm pretty sure I'll be sporting a few of these as well! :)
Now granted, many of these things are more expensive than a 95 piece bag of candy. And as I mentioned, we get truckloads of kids in our neighborhood. I will be adding some bulk bags of bouncy balls or glow-in-the-dark fangs as well... 4-6 dozen for $10, as opposed to 1 dozen for the same price!! You have to go with what feels good for you. Amazon & the interwebs have a ton of great ideas and lots of different prices. Halloween is about fun!! It's about fangs!! It's about ghosts, goblins, & glow sticks!! Live a little!! And let your kids see that it's totally possible to rock out the trick-or-treating without even missing the candy. Once you get home from the madness, invite some friends over for home-made soup or stew, paleo pumkin treats, and all sorts of excellent & healthy fall foods.
This is a new adventure for me, and I would love to know your tips for a Paleo Perfect, refined sugar free Halloween! So please share!!