For many, including me, Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. The weather has become cold and crisp, holiday decorations are appearing in the stores, and the hot cinnamon spiced tea has made its way back to my cupboard. I welcome it with open arms.
Halloween is a fun time of spooky decorations, dressing up in fantasy, scary movies, Haunted houses, Trick or Treating, carving pumpkins, and the chocolate…oh the chocolate! As a kid, this was my one chance a year to eat candy and lots of it! It was my personal mission to fill up that sack as much as possible, partly a competitive thing trying to see who could get the most and partly a candy-holic collecting spree. As an adult, I still strongly associate Halloween with candy and eye those bags of chocolate as I enter the grocery store; hear them calling my name, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bag or 2 or 3, because you have to have variety” “Look we’re on sale, what a deal!” “This is the time of year to do it, you’re allowed on Halloween”
No! Tricky little candies.
I have enough experience at this point to know that bags of chocolate in theory sound amazing but in reality will not be enjoyable nor does it fit into my lifestyle anymore. They are not forbidden; they are just not more important than being healthy. So, I take a deep breath and continue walking, pushing my cart towards healthier aisles. Instead, I’ll spend my Halloween carving pumpkins, toasting the seeds, watching scary movies, dressing up in crazy clothes with too much make-up, and enjoying the night for everything else it has to offer.
I wish you all a very spooky and healthy Halloween!