Avoid the Halloween Candy Blues
Protect Kids from Devilish Dyes
Hersey offers these tips to parents desiring a calmer Halloween:
Feed them first
Be sure your child goes trick-or-treating with a full stomach to discourage them from eating candy along the way.
Offer a swap
Exchange the synthetic candies that your children bring home for natural candies, homemade treats like cookies, or new toys.
Limit the damage
Go through the stash with your child to toss out the brightly colored candies.
Offer a buy-out
Offer to buy the candy your child collects.
Visit a pumpkin patch
Take the kids to a pumpkin patch to pick their favorite pumpkins for Jack-o-Lanterns or homemade pumpkin pie.
Throw a Halloween Party
Feature natural treats and include a costume competition, a scary movie, and spooky music like Rimski-Korsakov’s Night on Bald Mountain (decorating the house for the party can also be a fun family activity).
Buy natural candy
To find natural versions of popular candies like dark and milk chocolates, peanut butter kisses, fruit candies, chocolate mint patties, and hard candies, check out the Feingold Association’s Food list & Shopping Guide, Mail Order Guide, and other publications (www.feingold.org).
Plan a candy-free outing
Arrange for a special evening at the skating rink, bowling alley, or movies, followed by healthy treats.
“Halloween and the days following it do not have to be stressful,” said Hersey. “If you follow these suggestions, you and your family will not be singing the Halloween candy blues.”
For more Information or to check out the Feingold Association’s Foodlist & Shopping Guide www.feingold.org
Jane Hersey is National Director of the Feingold Association and author of Why Can’t My Child Behave? A former teacher and Head Start consultant, she has testified before the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Congress about ADHD and diet. She frequently lectures at education associations, hospitals, medical groups, universities, and schools, and she spearheaded one of the first low-additive school food programs in the country in the 1980s.
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