Original post made by Healthy Mom, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2006
As is is that time of year again when candy and treats are one of the most talked about topics of our kids, I would like to put in a please, please, please, request to make Halloween Healthy. As we have a nation of kids bordering on obesity or already there, we should as a health conscious community make sure that this time of year is not a time to fall back into bad ways. I am speaking as the Mom of children who need to watch their weight and I try to do my best at home. Unfortunately, it isn't at home they get their treats and they are looking forward to a time of candy and sweet sticky heaven. So lets try and be creative in our treat giving. How about pencils, stickers or other party favors instead of trick or treat candy, and when it comes to party time at school or snacks after team sport fun lets think about whole grain pumpkin breads, muffins or cookies, or orange foods like carrots, or harvest foods like apple slices and dips or mandarin orange cups with toothpick spears, or, or, be imaginative. I am sure that I am not the only one who worries about the health of my children and it really is the whole community that needs to act, not just family by family. So lets go for it!!