School is now in full swing and just as you were coming up for a few breaths, the fall festival season kicked into gear. It’s a busy time for most with festivals like Diwali, Halloween, and Dia de Los Muertos to name just a few. Candy treats, dessert, and sweets abound from now through the end of the year. How do you maintain a healthy but still fun and festive mode? Well, Karmic Circles has a few ideas for you.
The Great Pumpkin Candy Exchange
If you haven’t heard of this one, it’s one your kids will definitely enjoy and not miss the candy too much either. Before everyone is tucked away for the night, we like to have the kids go through the candy and select their favorites. They put the remaining ones into a bucket for The Great Pumpkin. In the morning, their candy is gone and replaced with a small gift. Simple gifts like glow sticks, an arts and crafts kit, Legos, or a stuffy all go a long way. This is a simple, fun and quick tradition you can do every year!
Candy Buy Back for the Troops
For the older kids, like my 13-year-old, who need a little more convincing, consider having them look into candy buyback programs. Many dental offices participate in this program. There is a program that works with local businesses who buy-back the candy and then ship the candy to troops. This is a good one for a child who is trying to earn money to buy something.
Donate the Candy
This is one of our favorites as it’s a great lesson in giving back. There are many shelters that will accept candy donations. Stand Up for Kids is a great organization that helps homeless youths and will happily accept candy donations. Many schools will also implement a candy drive collection. If there is one unavailable, this would be a great community service project to do with your children!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the KC Family to Yours!
Enjoy the holiday season and hopefully, these ideas will help keep your family Healthy! Now take a deep breath, unwind and gear up as Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Kwanza, and Christmas are right around the corner! We would love to hear any other ideas you have for a Safe, Happy & Healthy Halloween!