We had a hectic,but fun Halloween here in Boise. Searching for the last minute costume accessories,(can’t be a Ninja without a sword);eating leftovers as quickly so we could race over to my mom and dad’s house on Harrison;being swamped by the thousands of people disappointed that we ran out of candy and toys within an hour and a half (again);and coming home in enough time to stop and get a handful of candy at our neighborhood bon fire. My poor little ones were so tired the next day for school,but I think they would say it was worth it. And we did learn a few things:
1) Join Forces,Shop a Year Early: We need to find partners to go in on this together. Some of my parents neighbors joined forces and were able to pass out treats much longer than us. I thought I was doing really good this year on my budget,but alas we still ran out before 7:30 pm. I purchased toys (Disney playing cards at Costco,glow sticks at the dollar store,and pencils). All Walmart’s Halloween stuff went on sale the day before,so I got the giant Tootsie collections of candy and the pencils there. I would love to give out “natural candy,”but haven’t found one that fit the budget when you are shopping for thousands. Also,I have already started stocking up on toys for next year,everything is 50-60% off right now and they won’t go bad.
2) Toys First,Candy Second: We opened up all the toys and candy at the beginning. Giving either one piece of candy or one toy per person. I think next year I will just have the toys out at the beginning,when the little ones come through,and bring out the candy after the toys are gone. I do try to avoid plastics and artificial colors in our Halloween treats,but when you are preparing for thousands,it does come down to cost. The only plastics I got were the glow sticks because when else can you get glow in the dark stuff! And no one should be eating them (I hope). I get the Tootie Rolls because their cheap and not brightly colored. I wouldn’t call them natural,but it’s a compromise.
3) Warmer Costumes: Claire wanted to be Cleopatra this year and I had a very hard time getting her to put warmer clothes on under her costume. But I think she learned her lesson because she only made down one block before coming home freezing! Next year costumes must be able to have multiple layers underneath! But her favorite part is passing out the candy,so she still had fun!
I think my children enjoy handing out the candy as much as they enjoy trick or treating. They get to see all the costumes as they come by the house. After Halloween I saw this lovely post on Facebook (a friend of a friend),and I wish I had seen it sooner. But it still great words of wisdom:
Tonight a lot of creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say trick or treat or thank you might be shy or non-verbal. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have an allergy. The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have a sensory processing disorder or autism. Be nice. Be patient. Its everyone’s Halloween. Make a mom feel good by making a big deal of her special child.
We did have our share of special children and had to remind my littles one to be patient and forgiving when another did not “obey the rules.”I would hope other parents will do the same for my children. So after all the excitement,we are left with the candy and its consequences. Luckily Claire did not last long enough for us to get much candy,so it should be gone soon. But as they get older I can see this being a real problem. I am not a fan of having food taboos (foods or even candies that are strictly prohibited),except for allergies. So we do let them try have a little Halloween Candy,etc. But it does add stress to their already tired systems and how do you deal with that?
1) Dump Candy ASAP:Most of the blogs have the same basic steps such as getting rid of the excess candy. This can pose a problem for most moms,but in Sacramento there used to be a dentist that would buy back the kids candy or you can do it yourself. A little extra spending money can be a great incentive.
2) Follow up with Healthy Meals:It’s always nice to have chicken soup or vegetable soup ready Halloween night and the following nights. Drink plenty of water and fluids high in Vitamin C,such as lemon water and orange juice. Be easy on the system,staying away from things to fatty or hard to digest,such as high fat foods,red meats,highly refined carbs (white carbs),and dairy.
3) Helpful Supplements: So any supplements high in Vitamin C are good. My old standard,elderberry syrup,is excellent for building the immune system and adding vitamins to your diet. Ginger is excellent for digestion and detox. I like adding a little crystalized ginger to chamomile tea in the evenings. And rose hips are new to me,but very high in Vitamin C. I am planning on experimenting with them,just as soon as I go harvest some! I let you know how it goes.
Here are a few blog posts I found helpful:
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween and Healthy Recovery!
Please share your Natural and Thrifty Halloween Ideas!