Halloween rocked when we were kids. The count down to candy hedonism typically began the first week of October. Outfits had to be planned and the evening route had to be mapped out. The trick or treat path to candy euphoria depended on a home’s candy reputation from previous year offerings. The houses that had the audacity to present anything other than candy were typically boycotted. Who wanted an orange with a clove face? Not us!
Fast forward to present. Halloween = stressful when you have a child on a restrictive diet or health protocol.
Everywhere we go corn syrup and additive laced candy mock us, beckoning for a little nibble. If we have difficulty resisting a Reese’s Fast Break how can we expect our children to abstain? Or for that matter ask them to?
Will those cursed “treats of horror” mess up everything we have worked so hard on? If we cut the over protective cord and allow them to graze on the evening’s offerings, will extinguished behaviors and GI problems come back to haunt us?
- yeast flare
- behavior issues
- teeth grinding
- sleep issues
So what do we do? Do we allow them the Halloween rite of passage and suck it up or reinvent Halloween “Leah and Molly style?”
This tears us up. The emotional conflict we feel is embarrassingly ridiculous. We want them to have fond childhood memories and not memories of two wack-a-doodle moms who spoiled every fun moment.
We don’t want to be known as the moms who hand out clove faced oranges for Halloween.