I always enjoyed “Trick or Treating” with my friends and seeing who gathered the most candy. Those are great memories that I didn’t want to rob from my kids but how could I let them “Trick or Treat,” knowing they wouldn’t get to eat the candy?
You can see how Halloween posed a bit of a dilemma.
So after much thinking and deliberating, my husband and I decided would allow our kiddos to get their plastic pumpkins or homemade “Trick or Treat” bags, deck themselves out in whatever costume they wanted and let them enjoy the fun of “Trick or Treating.”
Our rules were simple:
1. Have Fun!
2. Collect as much candy as possible.
3. Count it up when we get home, see who got the most and by how much. (Why not throw a bit of fun math into the game?)
4. Trade all the candy in for either $10, organic candy that they get to choose for themselves at the store, a new toy, or a fun activity like bowling.
5. Sit out on the porch and bless other kids with the candy they just received and traded in for something else.
We’ve done this now for 6 years and have never had any trouble with the kids throwing fits about not getting to eat their candy. We’ve had some friends, knowing that we don’t like our kids eating refined sugar, will try and give them all the left over candy and coax them into eating it – but they don’t. They definitely accept it and use it to turn in later.
The surprising thing for me out of this whole process is what my kiddos can’t wait to do every Halloween: re-gift their Halloween candy to other kids! They love seeing all the costumes and getting to be the ones to GIVE the candy to kids who squeal with excitement when they get multiple pieces from each of my children: 4 kids x 3 pieces of candy= 12 pieces of candy for each kid that comes to our house!
It’s been great finding a way to keep fun traditions without having to sacrifice my health nut ways.
What are some ways the you have adapted traditions to fit your families needs?