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Halloween, Candies, and Raising Healthy Kids

 
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Halloween has come and gone, and it was a struggle. We are trying to eat well and keep our kids away from sugar as much as possible for a variety of reasons.

I just read this article that has good strategies for dealing with the Halloween struggles.

How I calmed the Mamabear and Made Peace With Halloween
 
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Honestly, our way to deal with it is to simply not celebrate the day at all.

We have just explained to our children (4) that we do not celebrate that holiday, and on that day keep our porch light off, which here is the universal sign to not Trick or Treat at this home.

Our church does a big thing called Trunk or Treat, but even then, we chose not to celebrate at all.

The interesting thing here is, trick or treating is a dying tradition, but maybe it is just Maine. But here, trick or treaters is just something people used to do. Instead, places like churches, grange halls, and town offices have big holiday festivities so parents can go to one place, instead of traveling to many strangers homes. This is so much safer. As an example, our rural church on Halloween will have 1200-1500 people come through the church on that evening.
 
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I was already about 15 when my mother decided it was the devil's holiday. So some of my younger siblings didn't get to go out for Halloween. They now take their own children out and they resent being kept from things that every other kid in school was doing.

Every year, we find out that some kid has done something to his own candy to get attention. I don't see going around and meeting all of the neighbours to be a particularly dangerous thing to do. Small children are generally with an adult . If it is quite dangerous, it's time to think about leaving the neighbourhood you live in.

I like that we have a holiday that doesn't have much of a religious context to it. I think it started out that way but now it's for everybody. Where I live, Christmas has become pretty much for everybody. I know Sikhs and Jews who do something for Christmas.

I think that some people are put off by the macabre nature of it, with many costumes involving physical deformity and mutilation. It's a costume party, and the only party we can show up for every year, without receiving an invitation.
 
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