Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Trick-or-Treat, pumpkin picking, hayrides, ghosts and goblins

Halloween is a popular celebration around the world.  On October 31st you can see young and old people alike dressed as their favorite characters and people. This is the one day that you can become just about anyone or anything that you want to be without being the subject of ridicule.  Children associate Halloween with scary movies and tons of candy and a night of trick or treating.

Things have changed so much with the times now that many parents do not allow their children to go trick or treating.  Many cities have also placed regulations on trick or treating activities.  Some of those regulations include things such as not allowing trick or treating on a school night and asking willing candy givers to indicate they have candy by leaving their porch lights on.

Some parents have opted to have Halloween parties for their children as opposed to letting them go out for trick or treating.  Other parents who like the idea do a more structured trick or treating at businesses and shopping malls.  For the parents who let their children go to traditional trick or treating events, they need to make sure that they check the candies thoroughly before allowing the children to enjoy their treats.

The healthiness of the snacks is also a big concern for parents today.  Pounds of candy are not the best thing for the kids.  However there are healthy alternatives that are available.

If you plan on passing out treats this Halloween make sure that the goodies are prepackaged as most parents will throw out things that are not packaged from a store.  Instead of the standard sugary treats consider healthier alternatives such as gummy fruit snacks, trail mix or dried fruits.  When it comes to children, as long as it tastes good and it is sweet it will go over just fine.  The parents will also appreciate your healthy choice in snacks.

The Halloween celebration does not have to become another casualty due to our changing times.  Halloween is not just for the kids anymore either.  There are safe and fun alternatives and solutions in order to have a worry free celebration for the night.  There are usually plenty of local activities for the family to enjoy.

Did you know?  One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.

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