Happy Halloween! This is such a fun time of year for both kids and adults. I'm all for having some guilt-free sweets, but as we all know the sugar explosion this month can be tough to handle. There's that fun place of allowing yourself and kids to indulge a bit…and then there's Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and you're about to fall into the chocolate river. Here are a few ways to enjoy this holiday with your kids feeling great and the candy not taking over.
1. Pick your favorites and donate the rest.
Donate? Yep…with a quick search you'll find several organizations that will take your candy and deliver them to our military troops overseas. Most kids don't love every piece of candy that lands in their bag so let them keep what they love and donate the rest. This is a fun way to include the gift of giving during Halloween season. Check out Operation Gratitude for one of these services.
2. Offer your kids the Switch Witch.
Switch witch will come during the night to take a small pile of candy and leave a small toy in it's place. This is a great way to have your kids enjoy some candy but feel good about giving up the excess. Again…a great plan for the candy they don't like and this gives them the choice to give up what they want (taking away hard earned Halloween candy can backfire if it's not a choice…topic for another conversation!).
3. Freeze it!
Chocolate candies freeze well. This way you can keep the candy year round but doll it out sporadically instead of eating it all at once. You can also get your kids on board by telling them you'll transform their candy into different desserts. Crushed candy bars go nicely as ice cream toppings!
The idea is to have fun, allow some indulging yet find some balance so you and your kids don't feel like you're being restricted or missing out.