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It’s way too cold for Halloween

October 29, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
I remember taking my kids trick-or-treating when they were young and having to bundle them up against the cold.

I always tried to formulate a costume that would go over a coat. As they got older and stopped trick-or-treating, I was still helping my daughter with costumes because she wore them for the high school band or the annual cake walk and parade in our town.

But my favorite is the year I dressed them as a dog and a cat. My son was the dog and my daughter was the cat. I made their costumes from a pattern I found at a fabric store and sewed them together with fleece “fur” fabric. My only regret was their tails. I found that dragging long batting-stuffed tails while walking the sidewalks was not as simple as it seemed. We ended up holding the tails behind them so they could keep their hands free to collect candy from the neighbors.

To this day, my kids remember who gave out the best candy on trick-or-treat night. While no dirty tricks accompanied their excursions, they also remembered who wasn’t as generous. We never held it against them.

This year there has been a lot of articles in health magazines and on Internet sites encouraging households to give out healthy snacks for Halloween. Some of these snacks included things like boxes of crayons, colored pencils, erasers and glue sticks. Others kept to the food theme, but instead of candy, suggested boxes of raisins, fresh apples and processed dried fruit sheet packets.

While these are great everyday snacks and should be encouraged by parents, I say let Halloween be Halloween and let your kids get all the candy they can! Just don’t let them gorge on it. Instead, put it up and dole it out as a special treat such as a piece or two in their lunches or as a reward for finishing their homework before dinner.

Use your head, but don’t take away the fun of Halloween.

Cold mornings call for oats and this morning when I looked out my window and saw blades of grass pushing up through a scant layer of snow, I knew it was oatmeal weather. Oats with banana, brown sugar and cinnamon were just the way to start this colder than normal day.

Lunch was equally as comforting with a bowl of soup and a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Later I snacked on whole grain Goldfish crackers and it kept away any late afternoon appetite cravings.

The husband prepared an easy dinner of scalloped potatoes and pork chops. He also made a nice salad of romaine lettuce, carrots, celery and sliced grape tomatoes. I topped my salad with a bit of Italian dressing.


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Breakfast: 2 ounces grains; ½ cup fruit; 60 discretionary calories.