All That Candy: An Expert’s Guide to Indulging in Halloween the Right Way

Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. What’s not to love: fun costumes, perfect weather, friends, family, late bedtimes, and candy. All that candy can be overwhelming. You want to enjoy the holiday, have fun and be carefree, but you are also dreading the aftermath – the “My child is up entirely too late, and now they want to eat all this candy, and I’ve got to tell them no… right?”

We recently spoke with Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D, a psychology professor, a brain and cognitive scientist, and an expert in the psychology of eating. According to Susan, telling them no isn’t always the right answer. At least, not on Halloween night.

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Allergy-Free Halloween Treats

Halloween is a wonderful day for both kids and parents alike. Kids enjoy nothing more than dressing up as their favorite characters, walking around the neighborhood with friends, and getting treats. As parents, we love to see our children’s eyes light up as they transform into their latest obsession and we stand proudly on the sidewalk as they walk up to each door exclaiming, “Trick or Treat!” We have fond memories of doing the same things as a kid, and it’s a joy to watch our children follow in the same traditions. 

But if you are a parent of a child with allergies, you often become the villain to their superhero inspired costume. You have to carefully inspect all packaging to be sure the contents don’t include any harmful allergens, reading ingredient lists and “processed in facilities” lists before they can dig into their loot, throwing away delicious contraband that might make them sick. Luckily, with the growing knowledge of allergies and sensory issues, there are now more and more options to ensure that there are treats out there for everyone to enjoy. 

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Spooky Spaghetti: 2 Healthy Halloween Dinner Ideas

With Halloween right around the corner, dinner ideas might be the last thing on your mind. With last minute costume alterations, stocking up on treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters, planning snacks for classroom events and purchasing decorations for your own party, you probably haven’t even thought about what you’re going to serve for dinner on Halloween night.

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10 DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and there are dozens of adorable options for dressing the crew [and yourself] for the celebration. Planning ahead will help you be prepared for any changes that might come up with your plans or the weather leading into the holiday. For store bought costumes, order online at least 3 weeks in advance or visit your local costume shop early in the month to ensure the best selection.

If you want to DIY a costume, make sure to plan plenty of time to ensure that you aren’t up at midnight on October 30th with a hot glue gun and a stack of felt.

We’ve collected a handful of our favorite costume ideas to give you some inspiration. Make sure to leave us a note in the comments about some of your favorite characters to dress up as!

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Allergen-Free Halloween

Allergies are everywhere… and we don’t mean the stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing, seasonal allergies that drive most of us crazy. No, we’re talking about the deadly, asphyxiating, hive-inducing food allergies that have become a fast growing public health concern among children in the U.S. With Halloween around the corner, loads of candy are bought and randomly passed out to our little monsters, but food allergies, specifically related to peanuts and tree-nuts, lurk among even the cutest of gremlins. How can we ensure that fun will be had by all, but still keep every child safe? 

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I00 Halloween Costumes for Siblings

Getting to dress your kids in ridiculous, over-the-top costumes for Halloween is one of the many perks of parenthood. And when you have one kid, you can pretty much choose any Halloween costume you want — and it’s totally adorable.

But once you have two kids (or three, or four… or more!), the costume situation gets a little trickier. What if you want to coordinate outfits? What are some fun and unique ideas for multiple kids? And how do you pull them off without breaking the bank?

If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 100+ creative costume ideas for your crew — mom and dad included!

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Make It: Nice Krispie Treats

With the holidays just around the corner, your child will likely be coming to you with requests for treats to take to his class parties (hopefully, not the night before!).

However, gone are the days where you could buy a box of Duncan Hines cake mix and whip up two dozen “homemade cupcakes.” Today, kids’ treats must be allergy- and special-diet friendly. In other words:

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31 Days of Halloween Family-Friendly Movies

We’ve all been there: set out the Halloween-themed snacks, turn out the lights, get halfway through watching a Halloween movie with your young children only to realize that it’s way too scary for their innocent eyes. This list of family-friendly Halloween movies will help you maintain Halloween spookiness while also giving you a heads up of which movies will make the kids creep into your bed after watching them.

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Halloween Costumes that Stand Out by Chasing Fireflies

Do you have a habit of holidays and birthdays sneaking up on you? Where does the time go? We all have the best intentions of pulling together the most clever Halloween costume of the year for our kids. The problem is that those intentions don’t start until November 1st and they fizzle out by Thanksgiving!

Spend an afternoon with your child and have a conversation with them about what they (and you!) would like to reap from Halloween this year. Is the goal simply for your toddler to look adorable? Do you want to wow the crowd with a dynamic family costume this year? Are they studying a particular era in social studies class that interests them? Find all of this out, then head over to Chasing Fireflies to find costumes that truly stand out from the rest. 

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World’s Best Cut-Out Cookies

There’s no better way to enjoy the holidays than with a huge platter of homemade cookies and sweets. Everyone has their favorites, but if you’re a sucker for a good old fashioned cut-out cookie, then this recipe is for you. We are confident enough to boast that this just may be the world’s best cut-out cookie recipe. With cream cheese as the secret ingredient, these cookies will melt in your mouth and give your other holiday goodies a run for their money. So pop on the apron, turn up the holiday tunes, and get baking!

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7 Spooky Snacks for a Healthy Halloween

Halloween comes with its fair share of dressing up, face painting, tricks, and of course treats. While October 31st is notorious for bags of candy and sugar galore, there’s no reason why you can’t also incorporate some healthy food into your child’s Halloween. We’ve rounded up 7 creative, fun, and yummy snacks that will be sure to leave your little ghost howling for more!

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