Written By: Tawni Alailima
Halloween can be a HUGE deal when you’re a child, heck it can be a big deal well into your adulthood. Halloween tends to turn into different festivities when you’re older, but as a kid, trick-or-treating is what they look forward to on all Hallow’s Eve. I remember being so pumped about trick-or-treating and going door-to-door with my friends collecting as much candy as we possibly could. But now that we’re in a growing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in children, and the majority of children eat about 7X the amount of daily recommended sugar, should we really be encouraging trick or treating?
If trick or treating is a big tradition in your family and giving it up seems unreasonable, here are five easy ways to limit the amount of candy your child will consume from Halloween.
- Trade candy for cash – There is a Halloween Candy Buyback program that your local dentist may be participating in, check for more information here.
- Take some to your office – A bowl of candy is a nice addition to the receptionist desk or in the break room.
- Freeze some candy – Save the candy for a rainy day. This goes along with the out of sight out of mind mentality too.
- Have your child bring a small halloween bag – My friends and I used to carry pillowcases so we could collect candy to the point that it was almost too heavy for us to carry. We probably would’ve called it quits a lot earlier if we ran out of room for candy in our bags.
- Tell them to pick out their favorites and toss the rest – Strike a deal. Give them their favorites and throw out the rest.
- Limit trick or treating by time or walking distance – Don’t be that parent that drives your kids to all the “hot spot” trick or treating areas. If they can’t walk there, don’t go there!