So much in our society and culture revolves around food and edibles. Nearly every month has a “food” holiday.
October isn’t immune from the food frenzy. Prepare for miniature candy bars everywhere and expected participation for all things spooky and sweet.
For fun and festivities sake, here’s a list of things to do instead of celebrating with food or sweets:
1. Hand out small toys to trick-or-treaters. The term treat doesn’t exactly specify that it must be a sugary confection.
2. Host a Halloween party based on games, costumes and fun. Provide some nutritious 100 Year Body friendly foods, such as fruits and vegetables and a salad or encourage guests to eat before they arrive. You can also avoid food-centricity at your party by placing any foods in a less trafficked area.
3. Refuse sweets with grace and kindness. Yes, you heard that, you don’t have to accept popcorn balls or bags of candy for you or your kiddos. You can say “no thank you” and move right along.
4. Go to a farm with fall festivities and enjoy the earthiness of picking apples, selecting pumpkins and playing games. Skip the sugary cider and cinnamon bombs and breathe in the fresh crisp autumn air instead.
5. Decorate pumpkins and actually learn about the nutritional value of those great big vine bound orbs. This may lead to roasting the seeds or a nutritious pumpkin soup. But, it will be with intent and not cream cheese frosting or loads of salt and oil.
There really are loads of things to do to celebrate Fall, Halloween, harvest and even the month of October. None of them need to be food centered. Learning to inspire our brains to think beyond what’s placed in front of our face can lead to plenty of fun and adventure.