halloween-witch-graphic-banner_mk1ra-_l.jpgHalloween is a fun time for our family.  I love the traditions that we do and the dressing up.  Each year we head to the pumpkin patch, carve jack-o-lanterns, frequent the halloween store and go to different community events.
Halloween is one event the I don’t see too much disruption in our daily lives or a behaviour shift.  Maybe because the lead up to it isn’t as grand as Christmas (in the outside world) or they keep the costumes and add it to the dress up bin in the playroom or maybe because we joke around throughout the the year.   Whatever the reason, it’s nice to transition into a fun event and not have too much of the pre-celebration jitters.
We do and our children really enjoy trick or treating.  It’s fun to get out and see the neighbours, show off their costumes and receive those treats.  The downfall is….Sugar.
One of our children in particular can not process sugar in his system without a negative outcome.  We did lots of trial and error and eliminating things to finally figure out that sugar changes or nice child into a MONSTER.  He can’t cope and his emotions go all over the place.  It makes it really hard for us to handle, but I can only imagine what his body is going through and how he feels when he becomes this dysregulated.  So we try to limit the amount of sugar that goes into his little system.
I realize that by trick or treating we are loading up that pillow sack with the very thing that causes us and him turmoil.  In our house though, the candy doesn’t stay.  Years ago we introduced the “Switch Witch” to this holiday.  One of our friends educated me about this concept.  (I can’t remember who, but if you’re reading this, Thank you)!
The switch witch arrives at our home about a week after halloween.  The idea is, if the children haven’t eaten too much of their candy and have enough leftover, they hang their bag of candy on their door at night.  The switch witch arrives when they are sleeping and magically changes the candy into a small item.  This is not Christmas and it really is a small item in our home, but it’s enough that the munchkins here are willing to save that candy and have it switched out.
The benefits to doing this have been good in our home, not just for our sugar intolerant one.  It has taught them to gauge how much they eat and not to overdo it.  Not one of them have chosen the candy over the item yet and our oldest is now 17 and still wanting to partake in this tradition.  It also has helped support our one guy who really can’t eat the treats.  He doesn’t feel left out because everyone else is eating the candy and he isn’t.  So it’s a win for us.
If you celebrate this event,  I’d like to wish you a very safe and fun evening!