The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 18: September 27, 2002: Page 5
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      Richard's Random Thoughts
Plan Now for a Sugarfree Halloween
Start Planning Now...

It may seem a little early to start thinking about how to handle Halloween, but believe me, the kids are thinking about it, and you can use all the prep time you can get. A friend at work came to me the other day and asked if I had any suggestions to help keep her child from drowning in sugar this Halloween without ruining the holiday for them.

Well, yeah... we have lots of ideas. Most of them you'd probably think of on your own, but it might help to have a little guide to have to refer to, and you can chose what fits your own children and/or situation best.

We are not necessarily looking at keeping the holiday super-low-CARB, rather sugar free, as that's the goal for most of our readers' kids. But adjust these suggestions as necessary to fit the goals you have for your kids.

First, I have to say that my memories of my best Halloweens, were not about the candy... they were about the COSTUMES! Put extra effort in helping your child pretend to be whatever he/she wants. Involve the entire family, enlisting older siblings help in making paper mache masks, crowns, etc. A costume made with their involvement and over several days or weeks makes for great memories and exceptional results! (Take LOTS of photos!!)

Since Halloween this year is again on a school night, why not arrange for your child and a friend or two to visit a haunted house suitable to their age level; to go on a hayride; play pin the stem (or nose) on a pumpkin or Jack O'Lantern; or attend a community Halloween event instead of going trick-or-treating?

If you do take them out, pre-arrange trick-or-treat stops at the homes of relatives and friends that are already aware of your desire to keep it as sugar free a holiday as you can.

Host a pre-trick or treat Halloween dinner with spooky background music. Hand out a printed menu with gory descriptions of kids' favorite foods that you've made yourself and know don't contain sugars and empty carbs.

Let the kids help make and serve refreshments. They can mix punch from sugar free mixes, and serve sugar free cookies and cakes! Take a selection of recipes from the site's recipe area and use food colorings to make appropriate Halloween looks! (The "Sugar" cookie recipe at the site can be decorated to look like great pumpkins!)

Now, what can YOU give out to kids at YOUR door?

Many parents will be grateful for those who give their children alternatives to all the sugary candy. And we know you don't want to be passing out things you don't want for your OWN children, so here are some great ideas... You might just be the hit of the neighborhood:
  • Sugarless gum, mints, or candy
  • Stickers
  • Crayons and Colored Pencils
  • Hand-held Halloween puzzles
  • Simple toys or marbles
  • Fun pens and pencils
  • Coins (pennies, nickels, dimes)
  • Comics
  • Coupons for videos
  • Small containers of blowing bubbles
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Necklaces/bracelets/barrettes
  • Gift certificates to swimming pools or movies
Check out a Dollar store or Party Store for inexpensive toys and whimsical items you can buy in bulk.

                                                                  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
                                                                             Richard


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