Like many of you, our Halloween looked a little different last year. I was originally a little sad that my kids weren’t going door-to-door (for good reason) to collect gobs of candy from our neighbors. But in true COVID fashion, we decided to make the best of the situation and have progressive dinner with our two close neighbors. We started at the first house with appetizers, the second house with dinner, and our house had treats/games, all of which were Halloween themed. It turned out to be the best Halloween yet!
The progressive dinner was nice because it was a single event, rather than eating candy every day for the next month. To decrease the amount of sugar your kids consume around this holiday, allow the candy to be consumed for one week (or whatever you decide) and then it’s gone. Many dentists offer a “buy back” where kiddos get money based on the amount of candy they bring in. A lot of these places then donate the candy to the troops or various organizations.
You can also choose to hand out alternatives to candy, including stickers, temporary tattoos, Halloween-themed school supplies, glow sticks, sugar-free gum, spider/bat rings, sticky hands (always a hit), bubbles, toothbrushes, hair scrunchies, bouncy balls, and warm drink packets (hot cocoa or apple cider).
We all love sugar, and a little in moderation is fine. But maybe this year try something new. You never know, it might be the most memorable Halloween yet.
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Dr. Erin Estep is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns Treehouse Kids Dentist in Springfield. She and her staff are committed to making sure your child has an amazing, safe, memorable dental experience.