Halloween is still more than a week away, but the events are starting this weekend for us and might already be in full swing for some of you. We love Halloween in my house, so we do as many Halloween-related things as we can. It's a lot of fun....but also a lot of sugar.
My kids will tell you all about how mean I am with my sugar restrictions (one piece of candy a day, maybe one after both lunch and dinner if I am feeling generous, poor deprived babies). Halloween is the one day I let them go to town. They go to bed early, so there isn't much time between trick or treating and going to bed, so I can limit the damage. Of course, the last few years my friend who is an amazing baker has hosted a party and goes all out with cupcakes and cookies and treats, which means I am overdosing on sugar too.
The biggest thing we do is try to make sure they have a healthy, protein-rich dinner to balance out the sugar spike. If they have full tummies, they're less likely to raid their bags out of sheer hunger.
We also let them choose a limited number of treats to try. I know Halloween candy is almost never tampered with and since we only trick-or-treat on our street, we know just about everyone who is giving out candy. But we still insist on checking it before they can eat it, just to keep them from eating a whole pound of chocolate on the way up and down the street. And I am in no way checking it so I can scope out the good stuff to appropriate after they go to bed, of course.
I also try to send healthier treats to school for Halloween parties; the teachers appreciate it and at least some kids do too. But mostly, I tend to give in to the craziness and figure one day of sugar overload isn't going to do my healthy kids much harm.
How do you handle the Halloween over-indulgences?