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Self-Love and Care for Soulful Mamas

  • Johanna Bernhardt

Halloween Without Sugar Overload

We may be unconventional in our house, but I have come to believe that you can still participate in many traditions without violating your own personal values. So, when my son was old enough to start trick-or-treating, we started to think about how we would celebrate Halloween in a more healthy way.

We weighed the obstacles:

  1. Typically, the candy being given out is full of ingredients and practices that we are not comfortable with ( ingredients that are artificial, detrimental to the environment, or produced using slave labour).

  2. Too much sugar weakens our immune systems, and negatively effects behaviour and sleep cycles (as well as a host of other things).

  3. Knowing all of the above, I would, without a doubt, end up eating most of that candy, which is a) terrible and b) completely unhelpful to me

That being said, it’s super fun to trick or treat! I wouldn’t want my kids to miss out on any kind of old fashioned fun, especially when dressing up is involved. So, with a slight alteration, we found a way to join in.

We would dress up, we would trick or treat to our heart’s content, but when we got home we would swap out the candy for a special treat that we parents approved of. We also tried to purchase candy for the trick-or-treaters that was sweetened with fruit juice and contained no artificial ingredients.

When the big night came, we took a very spooky and exciting tour around our neighbourhood. When we got back home, Fynn promptly poured his bag of treats into the bowl for trick-or-treaters. No fuss. No disappointment. We quickly handed him his treats-to-keep and he was delighted!

Much to our surprise, what made him even happier, was handing out candy to all the trick-or-treaters. He stayed by that door all night, waiting to dish out generous supplies of candy to pirates, ninjas, and princesses galore.

What I learned that night, was that sometimes a thing isn’t about what you think it’s about. I thought Halloween was about collecting and eating a pillowcase full of candy. But it turns out, it’s about getting a little spine-tingling thrill, sharing with your community, and finally feeling (and looking) like the superhero that you really are.

That’s something I can get on board with.


Happy Halloween!

If you would like more information on chocolate made without slave labour, check out slavefreechocolate . You might be surprised to discover that GiddyYoYo, an amazing local company (Mono, Ontario) has made the list of ethical chocolate producers 🙂


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