Halloween Preparedness

Halloween is tomorrow and I am putting up decorations a bit late this year…as in today (maybe this had something to do with Hurricane Sandy, maybe I just didn’t get to it). I like this time of year, carving pumpkins, apple picking, trick or treating – although I’m not into the scary movies and I love that there are people who are trying to present healthy alternatives to this sugar laden holiday. Check out my finds!

From a recent study conducted by the ADA and Popcap games:

Approximately 94% of all American children participate in trick-or-treating, but the survey results signify parents of kids that age want more and better options where treats are concerned. Among the top findings, the average child receives just over 90 pieces of candy on Halloween and 70% of parents agree it would be good if their children received less candy and more non-candy treats.

Yikes. Most people would agree that this is entirely too much candy. Even I think this is excessive and I like my candy. What to do? It is a holiday tradition, true, but there good ways to change it up and not get your house egged. None of them involve bringing the candy to me but, as always, my children’s candy remains in my care, custody and control. I mean, of course I wouldn’t eat any of their candy while they are at school.

1. The PopCap and ADA “Stop Zombie Mouth” campaign (which I am proud to be a part of) and includes the giveaway of millions of coupons redeemable for free copies of the family-friendly hit PopCap® game Plants vs. Zombies®.
Use the code from your trading cards or coupon to download Plants vs. Zombies free for PC or Mac. (offer expires Nov. 11). The free codes can be redeemed at http://stopzombiemouth.com starting Oct. 30, but no later than Nov. 10 for PC or Mac version of the super-popular game, which usually retails for $19.95. Take the fun ADA Stop Zombie Mouth quiz here and download some coloring pages here. Get cards at your dentist’s office or go to http://stopzombiemouth.com.
2. From one of my favorite stores, here’s another way to say goodbye to some of the candy in your house, do good, and get a toy instead.
Magic Beans is proud to announce its annual Candy Buy-Back program – a fun way for kids to trade in candy for something more wholesome – high quality toys! From November 1-5, 2012, families can bring in at least one pound of Halloween candy to any Magic Beans store and receive 20% off a toy.
Great idea! The fun part is collecting and counting (and maybe organizing by color or type) and trading the candy anyway. Click on the image above for a link to their great blog – there is a post with local Halloween activities for kids.
3. Give a snack (hermetically sealed is always best) Try giving individual bags of popchips as a healthier option. popchips arpopchips trick or treat candy alternative capability mome never fried (unhealthy), never baked (undelicious), just popped and only 100 calories per single-serve bag and they contain no preservatives, trans fats, fake colors or flavors. You can buy them in a multi-pack at most grocery stores. I am a fan of the original but the other flavors have their merits, too. Yes, I taste tested them for you. The sweet potato is mild, the salt and pepper are pretty peppery and the nacho flavored are frankly addiciive.

4. Operation Shoebox – Support our troops by making a donation. Click on the link to see what they need. Candy works (not melt able) and stationary, toiletries and books – See the list here. Priority Boxes from the Post Office are free. Fill one up today.

From the website:
If you would like to show your support… you can send them through us and include a card or note to the troop. We will make sure it gets to someone that needs it and out mailing address is:

Operation Shoebox
PO Box 1465
Belleview, FL 34421-1465

The post office will accept any size box for us.

Here are the links:

StopZombieMouth

Magic Beans Candy Buy Back Program

Popchips
Full Disclosure: I was given some cards and posters and popchips for promotional purposes. No other compensation was received and opinions are, as always, my own.

3 comments to Halloween Preparedness

  • I may do the buy back program with Magic Beans this year. Our local dentist has an option too.

  • I eventually toss or donate all the leftover Halloween candy when I get sick of it lying around. We always seem to have candy lying around from birthday party goody bags and from treats for running errands with mom. Usually if I let my kids gorge on anything, they get sick of it for a really, really long time. In fact, my middle kid suggested that I let them gorge on candy since it will act as a deterrent. It worked with donuts as my daughter helpfully pointed out. Ice cream too.

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