Ahhh… Halloween… it’s every kid’s dream come true. And what’s not to love… fun costumes and of course, oodles and oodles of candy. Oodles and oodles of processed, full of artificial color and who knows what ingredients candy. Halloween is also a perfect example of why I am not militant about the processed food and why this is a journey towards being “less processed” as opposed to eliminating it altogether.
I could take a hard and fast stance. Let my kids do the trick or treating and then have them trade me their candy for less objectionable treats. I could let them each eat a couple pieces and then donate the rest. I could even be truly militant and not let them participate in trick or treating at all as it just adds to the demand for these processed sugar bundles. But I’m not going to do any of those things.
I have awesome memories of Halloween from when I was a kid. I remember tromping around with a brown paper bag full of goodies, hardly able to breathe through those horrible plastic masks with the piece of elastic holding it to your face. And I remember dumping that bag out at home and experiencing pure joy at the haul. Halloween is pure fun for kids. And I’m going to let my kids have that. I will limit how much they eat the night of Halloween (mostly to avoid anyone throwing up), and probably donate some of their candy so it doesn’t stick around for too long to tempt not only them, but also their dad and I. But I’m not going to make a stink about processed foods for Halloween (probably also not for Easter either). A little extra candy and processed foods for a day (or even a week) isn’t going to really do long term damage, and those awesome memories of Halloween are totally worth bending a bit.
What do you do about the onslaught of sugary not so good for you candy that your kids get for Halloween?