Halloween "Outside the Box" - Livin' the Good Life
Nov. 2nd, 2008
04:01 pm - Halloween "Outside the Box"
I went to a Halloween party Friday night that was hosted by one of the families in my "Moms at Home" group. Most of the kids in this group are preschoolers, and everyone was looking for something other than the traditional trick-or-treating experience and all that candy! We are always looking for alternative ways to celebrate holidays that better reflect our lifestyles and values. To give you an idea of how this party was different, read the email I wrote to the group afterwards:
"I want to give special recognition to Teresa and her husband, Eric, for hosting such a fun and thoughtful Halloween party. Way to go!!!! Here's what I noticed and appreciated:
It was held outside on a clear, windless night with a campfire burning, which helped keep a mellow atmosphere. Nothing scary was planned. Teresa made children's books available to all the children as they left, as a gift/souvenier. There was healthy food available at all times, at toddler height, so they could help themselves whenever they wanted. There was intentionally NO CANDY. The kid's free play was generally calm and cooperative all evening. Never any "sugar meltdowns". No parent had to try to keep their children away from "forbidden foods", which can be quite stressful. There was a (no-sugar) cookie baking activity for the children where they used cookie cutters of their choice and could decorate with dried fruit pieces. (Gluten-free was available.) It looked like everyone was enjoying themselves. (The costumes were adorable!) I rarely heard any crying, and when there was, it was quickly attended to. Thank you Mommies, and Daddies, for your wonderful parenting! It really showed this Halloween night!
Thanks again, Teresa and Eric! I love how you thought "outside the box" to create a new kind of Halloween experience for our kids!"