Halloween is a much anticipated day for most kids. Most parents however, dread the sugar overload that comes with it. There’s no “right way” of managing all the candy, but I think there are some tricks to keeping the treats to a minimum!
I have a 6 year old at home who has been planning her Halloween costume for weeks. This year, black cat is the winner. She has also been talking about trick or treating for weeks, planning where to go, what we’re going to hand out. “Mom, we can give out stickers, we have to give candy”, she says. Trick or treating is a bit of a nightmare when you spend most of your time reading about nutrition and the effects of sugar and artificial colouring and flavouring on health and developing brains. But it’s also the main event of Halloween for kids. Some compromise is needed.
So, when it comes to the candy, I don’t try to be an idealist and believe that the healthy habits I’ve tried to teach my daughter mean that she won’t want to have any of the candy she collects. I’m a realist – she is 6 years old and Halloween is kind of a big deal – there will be candy and she will eat some. What I do know and trust is that the habits she’s learned will stop her from going overboard tonight. She has some sort of built in sensor that tells her to stop before she’s had too much sugar. I like to believe that this is comes as a result of limiting her sugar intake the rest of the year providing lots of healthy food – when Halloween comes around, she’s happy with just a few pieces of candy.
I do have some ground rules however for candy management:
That’s it. She’ll probably forget about it after a week and we won’t have to worry about it.