Most “Dance families” have a tutu or two (…or eight!) tucked in a closet or storage bin. It’s nearly impossible to get rid of these treasured costumes because of the precious memories attached (and the dollars spent!) If your family celebrates Halloween, why not avoid yet another expense and up-cycle that beloved tutu? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Sweet Tips on Limiting the Sugar
PSOD parents have shared a number of good tips about candy-limiting schemes that have worked in their houses, ranging from using the candy for craft projects to trades with their kids’ dentists for small toys.
- “Feed them before they go out to discourage snacking while out.”
- “Toss out the most brightly colored candy!”
- “Let kids know ahead of time the limits and reasons for those limits.”
- “Remind the kids that if they don’t eat it all now, they’ll have more for later. Encourage sharing the candy with friends. Not only does it thin out the candy supply, it enforces sharing.”
Use your best judgment given what you know about your child’s personality and eating habits. Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they’re not hungry when the candy starts coming in.
- If a child is overweight — or you’d just like to reduce the Halloween stash — consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges that the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.
- Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
- Encourage your kids to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten, and to stop before they feel full or sick.
Here are some ideas for alternatives to candy to give to trick-or-treaters who come to your door:
- Non-food treats, like stickers, toys, temporary tattoos, false teeth, little bottles of bubbles and small games, like tiny decks of cards
- Snacks such as small bags of pretzels, sugar-free gum, trail mix, small boxes of raisins, and popcorn
- Sugar-free candy
- Small boxes of cereal
And remember that Halloween, like other holidays, is a single day on the calendar. If your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence.