Halloween is just around the corner!
It is often a favorite holiday for kids and grown-ups alike. Costumes, carved pumpkins, spooky decorations and TREATS!!! What’s not to like? Well, if you live a ‘primal lifestyle’ or are working on adopting a whole foods approach, it can be a daunting time of year!
The thought of sending your little goblins through the neighborhood to stuff a bag, bucket, or pillowcase with “franken treats” full of chemicals, colorings and man-made sugars can be tough to swallow. And feeling good about adding to the pile when tiny vampires come knocking on your door can be equally tough.
Here are a few suggestions that have helped our family maintain the fun, and keep the sugar reasonable over the last few years:
- Fill your kiddos with a warm, nutrient dense, paleo-friendly, fall meal before you hit the neighborhood. Primal Chili; Sausage, sauerkraut and roasted butternut squash; or Beef and Sweet Potato Stew are a few great examples.
- Encourage the event to be about seeing all the fun costumes, haunted houses and enjoying time with friends and family, while they morph into their own character of choice.
- Have your kids spend some of the night at home handing out goodies to others. “Can you guess who’s under that costume?”
- When the night is over, have your little ones pick their favorite 5 pieces of candy to keep and enjoy. Donate the rest to your local dentist (dental offices often offer a post-halloween buy-back program), or other organization.
- Enjoy creating your own paleo-friendly treats together that contain much more wholesome ingredients.
Offer Trick-or-treaters fun Halloween trinkets, toys, or higher quality treats:
- Removable tattoos
- Halloween straws
- Halloween pencils
- Bouncy balls
- Spider or bat rings
- Finger bubbles
- Spooky finger puppets
- Dark chocolate squares
- Honey sticks
- Organic fruit chews
We talk about bringing life back to the basics quite a bit on this blog. Approach Halloween the same way. Look up old traditions and weave similar family activities into your celebration. Discuss the history of Halloween, or “All Hallows Eve,” with your kids and shift the focus away from a candy-centered craze.
Share any other strategies and techniques in the comments section below:-)