Is the Halloween Candy Obsession a Healthy Thing?
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Is the Halloween candy obsession that seems to happen every year healthy for our children?
We went to a Fall Festival at the YMCA last Friday. There were carnival games set up. J was excited to play them. He then discovered that success at a game meant that the dude overseeing it would give him a lollipop.
Candy as a prize? Suddenly those games were even more thrilling.
On Saturday we went to our local Haunted House event. We went for the family-friendly “lights on” time (which was PLENTY scary enough for even me!) and then wandered around outside checking out the rest of the fair. We decided to put the kids in a costume contest. M came in second place for the 1 and unders. When M’s second place finish was announced, her candy-obsessed big brother asked:
“Mommy, if the prize is candy, can I eat it because M is still a baby and she can’t eat candy because it’s bad for her tummy and will stop her from growing up.”
The prize was a bright orange t-shirt so the question about who would eat the candy was forgotten.
But what has not been forgotten is this Halloween candy obsession.
How has Halloween become all about the candy for my little devil? Honestly, we’ve barely even mentioned candy when talking about Halloween; it’s been all about the costumes and the fun things we’ll do together.
So today I’m asking you, fellow parents, where is this candy obsession coming from? Should I try to stop it or just accept it as part of Halloween? If we continue teaching and modelling healthy eating habits throughout the year, is a bit of candy craziness in October alright?
Thank you for any thoughts or advice you have on this,