When trying to keep a healthy home and give the occasional (preferably homemade) sweet treat, Halloween is challenging. And yes, it has sadly invaded Hong Kong, but luckily not so much in the local schools yet.
It is not that I am against sweets or fun, but I am very much against artificial coloring, chemicals, refined sugars and things that even the mainstream press is recognizing.
For example, these great articles:
Halloween Warning: Watch Out for Neurotoxic Artificial Food Dyes in M&M's Candies
Is Sugar Toxic?
Big Sugar's Sweet Lies
Sugar and Aging: How to Fight Glycation
Study: Saccharin And Sugar Found More Addictive Than Cocaine.
What to do?
Please allow me to introduce you the Halloween Gift Witch!
- She exchanges a candy for a great gift.
- You are allowed to take xx number of candy to keep, then put the rest in a bag, with a note to the Gift Witch.
- Then in the morning, you get a gift and the candy is gone!
If you prefer, you could change the Witch to a Gift Goblin, really up to you :)
Also, please do encourage the school, neighbors and everyone you know to give out things like stickers, tattoos, pencils, erasers, bubbles, balloons, toys, etc... as candy alternatives.
Cool pdf link from Green Halloween and Non GMO Halloween: