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Although I love candy, I have never really thought about it being in my home as much as I have in the past year. Last December my oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This has changed how we perceive food as a family. I was surprised to find out how healthy we ate after attending nutrition and wellness classes with my son. So my shopping routine has not changed so much but I have become very aware of the food I stock in my pantry.
On the day after Halloween I’m pondering how to rid my house of the goodies my children collected last night. I’m not opposed to candy and I don’t tell my diabetic son he can’t eat it. He’s a regular kid and likes his treats too. It just takes a lot more thought and timing when it comes to the food he puts into his mouth in order keep his blood sugars in a heathy range. (I’m sure all parents of diabetic children can relate.)
In keeping with the Halloween fun, I think I might start the tradition of the Switch Witch. After Halloween she comes to gather all of the uneaten candy. The kids can pick a few of their favorite candies and then pile the rest on the kitchen table. During the night the “ Switch Witch” will come and collect the candy. In exchange she will leave a non edible treat for them. I’m hoping this will help take the sting out of limiting the overall candy consumption in our home, especially for our younger children.
Please share your tips for handling leftover Halloween Candy in the comments below.
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As a child I remember bringing home a pillow case full of goodies that I gathered from the neighborhood on Halloween. After my parents sifted though my loot and gave their stamp of approval my work began. Beginning to sort through the candy, I placed my treats in categories, digging for my favorites first. Reese’s and Snickers were always on the top of my list. They must have been on my mother’s too because I vividly remember her digging through my candy for the same favorite candies. Now that I think about it I’m pretty sure she was establishing a tradition that I need to carry on as well. Tonight I will sift through my children’s candy and ask to share in the sweetness too!
My children love to trick or treat and are always excited about the treats they gather. When you send your kids out what do you hope they come home with? Halloween Candy polls that ask , “What’s your favorite Halloween Candy,” all come to the conclusion the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the most popular Halloween candy among trick or treaters in 2012. Candy Corn hit the bottom of the list as the least favorite Halloween candy.
Here is a list of the top 10 Favorite Halloween Candy
1.Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
2.Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
It’s the day before Halloween. Parents everywhere are putting the last minute touches on Halloween costumes and stock piling the candy. Tomorrow promises fun and excitement to children everywhere. With all the excitement children can easily forget they still need to play it safe while trick or treating. Take a minute to review safety rules with your children before they head out. Make a plan for the night as a family. A safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween.
Safety Tips For Younger Children
1. Parents should accompany small children as they trick or treat. Especially when going to unfamiliar houses.
2. Place a paper with your name and phone number inside of your child’s costume in case you are accidentally separated.
3. Talk about stranger danger. Remind children it’s ok to scream and fight back should they feel threatened.
4. Choose to visit neighborhoods close to home.
Safety Tips for Older Children
1. There is safety in numbers. Staying with a group is a fun way to spend the night. Take advantage of the “buddy system” by hanging out with friends.
2. Plan a route. If older children are venturing out on their own, take the time to visit with them about the areas they will travel. Be an informed parent.
3. Have a curfew.
1. Wear reflective clothing or carry a flash light or glow stick while trick or treating.
2. Avoid a mask if possible. If not make sure your child can see and breath easily while wearing one.
3. Limit the number of costume accessories your child carries with them. Avoid items that have sharply pointed ends. Wands, swords and knives can be dangerous in the dark.
Play it safe and have a Happy Halloween!
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Halloween is known for it’s tricks and treats. In the last couple of neighborhoods we have lived in there has been a tradition of sharing Halloween treats anonymously. As your house was hit they would say “ You’ve Been Boo-ed.” Many of you have probably heard about “ You’ve Been Boo-ed” but in case you haven’t I thought I’d share a little about it.
In the weeks that lead up to Halloween our family has often been surprised with goodies left on our door step from a phantom guest (neighbor) with a poem attached. In reading the poem it recommends in order to ward of future phantoms that you hang the ghost in the window for all to see and then continue to carry on the phantom treat leaving tradition. In order to carry on the tradition we take our turn putting together treats to be delivered to another unsuspecting neighbor. The goal is for the phantom to hit most if not all of the homes in the neighborhood before October 31st.
The treats need not be fancy or homemade. Anything that brightens someones day will work. Homemade goods are always a treat but store bought cookies, apples or cider mix can be an excellent choice as well. Use your imagination you’ll come up with endless ideas. Spread some Halloween cheer where you live by using the “ You’ve Been Boo-ed” tradition. With the turn of a few tricks and leaving a treat the Halloween Spirit will fill your neighborhood before Hallow’s Eve.
Free Printable “You’ve Been Boo-ed” Poem