Is there any slight possibility to skip past Oct. 31st and pretend like it never happened? Call me bahumbug, but it really is my least favorite day of the year. I have never loved Halloween and really don't enjoy dressing up. Maybe it is the creepiness, maybe it is the extra effort required to dress up, perhaps it is the toxic handfuls of 'treats' passed out to small children…..Either way, now I do have young children and they think Halloween is fun. So darn it, I have to participate.
Those of you who know me, know that my kids don't eat candy. If you have ever seen us at the grocery store, you would have heard my 4-year-old pointing to everything on the shelves that is colorful and loudly declaring "momma that has yucky food coloring!" No honey, thats an apple and Jesus made it red. One time when we were at the grocery store in the checkout line, my precious 6-year-old turned to the little boy behind us who was picking out a bag of M&M's and said "thats not healthy, you shouldn't eat that," then quickly turned to me and asked "can I have one?" So you can see that my efforts aren't entirely in vein, but my children are real kids and have real life desires.
Have you heard about The Great Pumpkin? He trades candy for presents. My kids get dressed up and enjoy carrying their plastic pumpkin door to door declaring "can I have some candy?" (maybe this year they will follow the rules and politely declare "trick or treat"). They get to eat 2 pieces of candy each, one while they are trick or treating and one afterwards. The rule I have is that the candy cannot have food coloring or high fructose corn syrup. So now picture me sitting on the living room floor reading.every.single.label. until they FINALLY find a piece of candy that is Season Johnson approved. Once they enjoy their 2 pieces of candy, they place their plastic pumpkins full of toxins, uh hem, I mean candy, in front of the fireplace. They write a letter to the Great Pumpkin and go to bed dreaming of what they might find in the morning.
You see, the Great Pumpkin comes in the middle of the night and takes the candy back to candy land and leaves a present for each full bucket of candy. Last year Selah received a princess dress and Kicker received a sword and shield.
Win-win, right?! What do we do with the candy? We dump it in the trash. I am NOT going to send it to the soliders, donate it to the less fortunate or save it until next year. It is not worthy of anyone that I care about to consume.
A few additional ideas to make Halloween Healthy:
Sourdough Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins: These are delicious and nutrient dense. My kids know that halloween morning they get a special treat! Make sure to use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips as they are soy free and refined sugar free.
Mini Pumpkins (tangerines with a celery top)
Ghosts (bananas with chocolate chips for eyes, attached with peanut butter)
Dinosaur Blood (fresh squeezed juice with beets, apple and orange).
Pumpkin Casserole-this is a hearty, delicious dinner that is full of healthy fat and protein and has a sweet taste that your kids will love! To make it even more special, you can serve it in a carved out mini pumpkin!