By my own admission, this is not an earth-shattering, life changing post. It is, however, yet another “dot” in the bigger picture. It’s the small changes, that when compounded with other small changes, can change our trajectory.
We enjoy trick-or-treating as much as (if not more than) most families. Our kids love the excitement of deciding on a costume, I enjoy making their costumes, my husband delights in wearing his Spongebob Squarepants get-up (that he wears every single year)… and we all relish the camaraderie of strolling the streets and visiting with friends and neighbors. By the end of the night, our little goblins will have amassed more sweets than they likely should consume in a great while.
Two years ago, I had the bright idea and forethought to order our Halloween “treats” in advance. The treats, however, weren’t sweet treats. They were GLOW STICKS. And the glow sticks were a huge hit with the trick-or-treaters who came to our door!
I don’t know about you, but when my house is filled with goodies, I’m likely to cave to temptation. (Thankfully, glow sticks don’t taste very good.) There will be enough candy to sample on Halloween night. I don’t need to have temptation lurking in the cabinet for the days and weeks leading up to Halloween.
There are many non-food and healthier food options for trick or treat loot. In addition to the glow sticks, the kids have received granola bars, raisin packs, pretzels in Halloween foil, pencils and erasers, single-serve microwave popcorn bags and so on. My kids are excited by the healthier treats that are lunchbox-worthy and by treats that they can use at home or school, like cool pencils and erasers.
Though I haven’t settled on our treat for this year, I can guarantee that it will not be candy. I would encourage you to also ‘think outside the candy aisle’! (Your willpower and waistline will thank you.)