Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What to do about Halloween?

I shared with my small group the other day that I was stressing over what to do about Halloween. It was not even about whether to celebrate trick-or-treat or to go to the church festival, it was just about the candy. My 3 year old sneaks into the cupboard, the pantry and the fridge and finds things that are disasterous to her blood sugars. We cleared out the bedrooms of all candy that came to us from a class party or a birthday party or whatever, but she can still find one hidden somewhere when we are not looking. What will I do if we bring two or three bags of miscellaneous candy into the house? How will the boys or even she feel if we say,"no candy for the household, period." After thinking it over I realized that the main joy for my kids was dressing up. When I discussed it with them further, they said they also liked the part where they discovered what surprises were in their bag, even if only a few of the kinds of candy were to their liking. So we came up with a plan. We continue to have candy around the house for when people are low. We have designated one locked place to keep it that only Mom or Dad can get into. We decided that the kids would all dress in their costumes and live it up at our Harvest Festival and collect their prizes (candy which we helped to donate). After the grand "dump and discover" of what they got, the kids agreed at least for this year that it would be fun to give rather than receive and hand out the candy that they can't eat to the trick-or-treaters. Then we would buy them a small stash each of their absolute favorites to keep in the lock box. It went over well and was easier than I thought it would be. The kids are still going to participate in the part of Halloween that they like the best and we won't have any random candy showing up for months to come. The event is still a couple weeks away, but hopefully it will go smoothly, and I feel better about it just having a plan in place.

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