This is a day that is noted for being all about candy and dressing up in costume. And the aisles over filled with candy and children knocking on doors for candy is the Halloween tradition. I could say I am not doing Halloween this year but I would be saddened by this. And actually that could not be farther from the truth. Having 3 young children of ages 8, 6 and 20 months this is one of the special days for the kids to dress up, be silly and “trick or treat.” And even when the children get to an age where the are no longer going “trick or treating” I hope they will be home to greet the neighbors in costume.
So I will be with them today enjoying their school parade as a class mom, walking the neighborhood for the kids to show their friend their costumes and making memories. We do not go to a lot of homes but we do visit our neighbors so the kids can say hello and visit in their costume. I am enjoying today because the kids will only be young for so long and this is such a special time. I am not telling you to use today as an excuse to spend the night with a bucket of chocolate in your lap and a good movie. I am telling you to enjoy the evening as you “trick or treat” with your children or answer the door and give out candy. You do not have to give the “trick or treaters” a spinach smoothie to feel better about your choices because the candy you give out is not what will make the most difference it is what the children’s parents do day to day with them. One piece of candy is not a health breaker.
One great idea for the children is to allow your children to keep a small bowl of candy and take the remaining candy to a local food bank where the candy will be given to underprivileged children who do not have the means to afford to have Halloween. One year my daughter brought so much candy into the food bank and she won a contest and she was thrilled. She enjoyed it so much that she asked to do this again this year. And this also teaches your children to help others.
I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween! Enjoy the day and be thankful for what we have. Just think about where we were last year with all the people that were affected from Hurricane Sandy.
Yours in fitness and fun,