Halloween & Treats

Halloween should be a time for children to have fun and candy is just part of the tradition.  Including fruits and vegetables, decorated for Halloween, is a great way to promote healthy eating and balanced choices.  Remember, food isn't a morale issue, it's not bad or good.  Choices are better for us, not as good, but shaming food choices creates an unhealthy relationship with food.  When kids collect a lot of candy, consider spreading out the treats over time, allowing 1-2 pieces per day (but never as a "reward" for eating healthier items), share with an organization that sends items to our troops (there's a dentist in Morris County, NJ who does this) or save them for another event, like a birthday party where they can be shared with many.