Here are my tried and tested, quick tips for maximising fun and minimising monster meltdowns at Halloween;
- It's a great time for celebrating community, friendship & fun. Amp up these aspects & take the emphasis away from lollies.
- Create fun home made treats & healthy alternatives.
- Remind them of the history & the chance to meet neighbours & community.
2. Tricks. Help the kids with ideas for 'tricks', not just treats.
3. Trade. Before the big night begins, depending on the childrens' age, chat about the affects of sugar & the additives & about 'trading' for something they love e.g. a sleepover, play date, out for dinner or a visit to the toy shop etc. (more expensive alternatives, but... better than a monster meltdown or worse, an immune system meltdown & days off school with sickness)!
4. Fill them up e.g. a big dinner before they go out & hopefully they won't eat so many lollies?! Infact make dinner afternoon tea.
5. Water. After school and through the day fill them up with filtered water. It'll fill them up & help their bodies process the sugar.
6. Investigate. For the older kids investigate (read) the ingredients / numbers. Download the 'Chemical Maze' app. Search the number(s) listed & then together read the symptoms & the effects specific chemicals have on their body - it works but it can be scary, so investigate yourself first, and before doing it with them - our kids are 12 & 14.
7. Enjoy the festivities. And the fantastic opportunity it creates to be outside, move their bodies, bring community and neighbours together. It's a reason I enjoy Halloween, because it brings our street and neighbourhood together & the kids love it! #loveourstreet #loveourneighbours
And if the kids do go crazy you can support their immunity for a few days afterwards e.g.;
🍋 a vitamin c and zinc supplement.
🍋 early nights.
🍋 lots of nourishing, healing, real, whole foods. Eliminating sugary, processed and refined foods.
🍋 Add in a green smoothie or two.
🍋 essential oils if you use them.
And hopefully they won't get sick, but if they do or if their behaviour is 'off', give them a loving reminder WHY.
Most of all have a fun night!