Ideas to Decrease Halloween Stress:
Ahhh. Halloween. It was my most favorite day of the year when I was growing up. I so want my child with HO to enjoy Halloween, to feel like I did when I was young. However, the reality is that with HO, Halloween is EXTREMELY stressful. Here are some ideas to make Halloween less stressful. Try one of these plans:
Halloween Plan 1
- Halloween night: our boys may choose 3-5 small pieces of candy and to eat that night. We then collect the candy and keep it under lock and key.
- After that, the kids may each have one or two pieces of candy per week, which will count as their dessert for the week. We will do this until the candy is gone, or until I choose to throw it out.
Halloween Plan 2
Invite the Switch Witch to your house this Halloween! The Switch Witch is a wonderful imaginary witch that comes to children’s houses on Halloween night and takes away all of the uneaten Halloween candy, and in it’s place, leaves an exciting new toy that your child has been wanting! Read more about the Switch Witch idea here. Personally I like this plan the best.
We will of course sit the boys down and explain the plan to them well before Halloween. Another thing I like to do is encourage them to chose the chocolate candies over the artificially colored, fat-free sugar candy, because it will cause higher insulin spikes than the chocolates.
So without a doubt, despite your best plans, the rest of the world’s children WILL bring their Halloween candy to school for weeks after Halloween; and your children will probably end up with some from their friends. There is really not much you can do about this, other than being proactive and offering positive reinforcement if they do not eat any friends’ candy at school. This may or may not work. If it doesn’t, just take a few deep breaths and let it go. The real world is full of candy and processed foods around the holidays and it’s just something that you have to accept, unless you plan to home school your children, which I do not plan on doing!
School Halloween Parties
Most elementary schools have Halloween parties the day of Halloween. Which sucks, because they will be served all kinds of nightmare sugary foods such as donuts, candy, cookies, pretzels, and juice on the very same day that they will be trick or treating. Grrrr! This drives me crazy. Please see my post about making school parties healthier for more ideas but really the only things you can do are: 1). schedule a doctor or dentist appointment during your HO child’s Halloween party or 2). volunteer to be the parent to plan the school Halloween party, thus giving YOU the power to decide what food to bring and focus small servings of dark chocolate or dark chocolate-covered fruit and some of the ideas in my Pinterest board.