Children's Health & Safety Association

Issue 43: July 2018

Sunday, 14 October 2012 22:44

Happy Halloween

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Many years ago I overheard a discussion between parents dreading the thought of 'another sugar Halloween' and what precautionary measures they would have to take to ensure their children do not suffer from bloated tummies, restless nights, fuzzy heads, anxiety, and mood swings. I wondered what I, a person who shells out candy, could do to help ease their situation. Sugar is so addictive that often during this most hallowed season children do not want to eat their vegetables or other nutritional foods because their stomachs are craving – you guessed it – sugar.  

happyhalloween2Don't get me wrong - parents love the excitement in preparation for Hallowe'en – the great costumes, carving the jack o' lantern, dangling goblins, decorating the porch with tiny orange twinkle lights and eerie sounds of creaking wood while owls hoot in the darkness, and witches laughter swells and scares us all into displaying bizarre, cautionary smiles. It's the barrage of syrupy confections of sugar they're not so happy about - globules and globules of it.


Instead of handing out candy, I decided to do something different. Off to the dollar store I went and happened to find a 10-page colouring book and box of crayons (six in a pack) for a total of 25¢. I rolled up the colouring book and crayons with orange ribbon – and voila – the perfect Hallowe'en treat. It was a hit! Never did I receive a bigger "thank you" from parents than when I decided to do something different – something to relieve their problem rather than add to it. The children were just as surprised although a bit more curious than I anticipated. How wonderful!

So, I'm sending this message out to all of you – do something different! Think outside the box. Unleash your imagination. Release your routine thinking. You can hand out stickers, short stories, stencils, a booklet on how to make paper airplanes or kites, decorative pencils, or miniature cardboard puzzles and games – anything but sugar!

If you have ideas and suggestions that you would like to share with us, we'll place your story and name in our next E-Magazine for all our viewers to read! For more Hallowe'en Safety Tips please click on Hallowe'en Safety and Hallowe'en Food Safety.


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  • Comment Link Delores Friday, 30 June 2017 22:30 posted by Delores

    Excellent post. Please continue writing.

  • Comment Link Stanka Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:10 posted by Stanka

    Hey Girl,

    Loved this story and the great idea to think outside the box!

    Keep up the great work.

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