Did you know?
Trick-or-treating- Halloween night in costume, has been a tradition in the United States and other countries for more than a century. Its origins remain unclear, but traces can be identified in ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices—and even British politics.
In later centuries, people began dressing as ghosts, demons, and other evil-minded creatures, performing pranks in exchange for food and drink. This custom, known as mumming, dates back to the Middle Ages
By the ninth century, Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and replaced older pagan rites. In 1000 A.D. the church assigned November 2 as, All Souls’ Day, a time for honoring the dead. Celebrations in England resembled Celtic tradition of Samhain,*(pronounced (saa-win) complete with bonfires and masquerades.
During some Celtic celebrations of *Samhain villagers disguised themselves in costumes made of animal skins to drive away phantom visitors; banquet tables were prepared, and food was left out to soothe unwelcome spirits.
Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of *Samhain over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults.
Although it’s unknown precisely where and when the phrase “trick or treat” was actualized, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture by 1951, when trick-or-treating was portrayed in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.
In the early ‘50s, a brave trick-or-treater could expect treats like: fruit, baked goods, small toys, nuts, and even coins.
As trick-or-treating became more widespread across America, candy also became the preferred treat for practical reasons; after all, if you have a lot of children coming to your door, a wrapped bag of candy is the easy go to snack right?
Now Halloween and candy seem ideally linked, like waffles and syrup, or Salt N Pepper. Did you know- Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy during the holidays every year.
The Huffington Post points out that this translates to approximately 16 billion- fun-size Snickers bars.
For several reasons traditional candy, is considered refined sugar. Refined sugar is not recommended for adding value to our health, where natural sugars can add value, according to science today.
Refined sugar has been proven to lower one’s natural immune response, weakening our body to fight off infections & viruses.
*For detailed explanations check out- Nutritionfacts.org
Natural sugars are usually found in nutrient-rich foods, whereas with refined sugar is processed and adds nothing of value.
Natural sugars are found in natural foods- rich in fiber, protein, and other health-promoting nutrients and compounds, making them more beneficial than refined sugars.
When kids consume too much refined sugar, it can alter the balance between good and bad bacteria and weaken their little immune systems, leaving them open for infections & viruses.
Why do we continue handing out candy to our precious children? knowing what we know today…
That refined sugar is not health promoting.
So, what’s the alternative?
Like history, it evolves, and new traditions are born, it’s time to reflect and create something new, A New Tradition.
Some thoughts and ideas:
- Try a Family talent show at home; Get everyone involved and make it fun for the whole family. This could start a whole new tradition and get the kids excited to learn new something new. Award the winner with something exciting. This doesn’t have to be food or candy; it could be a toy they have been hoping for or some special fun planned just for them; like a bike ride or family trip.
- If you want to have treats available for kids stopping by, consider healthier choices than traditional candy: Many stores have organic types of hand wrapped treats that are healthier than traditional candy.
Want to contribute to a healthier environment?
- Check out Amazon, they carry many alternative treats that will be delivered right to your door!
Happy Family has a variety of options; they promote super foods that taste great for the whole family and they are loaded full of health promoting nutrition.
- Check out That’s it – Mini Fruit Bars, 24 pack (only 2 ingredients)
Loaded with fiber, vegan, gluten free, non gmo, organic & Individually wrapped Pure fruit!
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For individually wrapped hard healthier candy:
YumEarth, Organic fruit drops hard candy- 5lbs bags.
Allergy friendly, non gmo, gluten free, vegan & organic ..tastes yummy!
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Creating New- fun traditions sounds like a lot more fun than walking the streets, in the cold with the kids, exposing them to harmful candy, for the most part, that will not add value to their health … Think about it- It’s Time for a change.
A healthier and more fun way to Celebrate!
Choose something New & Fun this year-
It’s time to get creative, lets do it!
Stay strong & healthy!
Blessings to you and your family