Halloween horrors aren’t just reserved for haunted houses, monsters and ghost. Although its fun to dress up in costumes, go door to door trick or treating and counting your loot at the end of the day, there is a real downside as well. Sugar induced hyper behaviors, excess weight, unhealthy eating habits and cavities are just some of the unwelcome surprises of Halloween.
Don’t get me wrong! I LOVE, ok… like, Halloween! I like the kid like fun of dressing up as someone else, I like going door to door meeting up with neighbours I haven’t seen in awhile and the whole sense of community and fun. What terrifies me of it is the dangerous combination of cars, kids and dark nights, the hiding of needles and blades in chocolate and candy bars and the effects that all that candy lying around the house has on my WAISTLINE..err Family!
TIME TO START A NEW TRADITION
Every year, DH and I take turns handing out candy and taking the kids around the neighborhood. I usually take the early shift when its fun and exciting (and warmer) and DH takes the final shift (when bags are heavy and its cold). Once we call it quits for the night, my family dumps all of the candy in the middle of the floor and sort it. We have candy pile (small candies, suckers, sour candies etc.), a chocolate bar pile, a gum pile, a chip pile and a safe for school snacks pile (gold fish, granola bars, fruit gummies, etc). After each piece of candy is inspected and sorted, it’s placed in a container and stored until Mom deems it appropriate for a treat. Normally, we start off with one candy a day until its gone or the kids forget about it. Most times, I end up throwing half of it away because everyone gets all sugared out. WHAT A WASTE!
Introducing the Candy Fairy
Last year, my friend told me about the Candy Fairy. She’s a magical creature who has been rescuing parents around the world from the evils of candy for centuries and Kids LOVE HER! The way it works is your children choose out 20 of their favourite candies and set them aside to enjoy at a later date. Then they bag up the rest of candy and leave it out on Halloween night for the Candy Fairy. While your children are nestled in their beds on a sugar high, the Candy Fairy makes her appearance and exchanges the bag of candy for a special little toy! Since the candy fairy comes on November 1, it still gives your kids time to enjoy some of their sugary treats. On one condition – they must brush their teeth!
Speaking of sugary treats, now’s a good time to remind you that according to the Canadian Dental Association, children should be thoroughly brushing their teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time, once in the morning and before bedtime to get rid of any germs and sugars that cause cavities. As you can imagine, this is especially important after eating so many sugary treats. One way to get your kids excited about their oral care is to give them a new brush toothpaste with some of their favourite cartoon characters like Orajel PAW Patrol or My Little Pony Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste and Manual Toothbrush. Instead of handing out candy why not hand out tooth brushes instead– it’s a fun treat for kids and parents will thank you!