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October 27, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian

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When my son was two he became obsessed with all things Hallowe'en: pumpkins (which he called “punkins”), bats and witches. We figured he would love to go trick-or-treating.

What we didn’t realize was that he wouldn’t want to wear the lion costume we had for him.To get him dressed, my husband started with the lion pants. There were little paws to go over his shoes. That started things off badly. Then came the coat – the big, puffy coat, with a tail and a hood with a mane around his face. As my husband was doing it up from the bottom, my son was undoing it from the top, screeching at the top of his lungs.

Me: “Come on! You are going trick-or-treating. You’ll LOVE it.”

Him: “No.”

Me: “Grandad’s going. Don’t you want to go out with Grandad?” (My son adores my father, so this should have worked.)

Him: “No.”

Me: “Please.” (I’m begging.)

Him: “No.”

Me: “Get into your costume.” (I’m ordering.)

Him: “No.”

Me: “Do you want to go get candy?” (I’m not proud.)

Him: “No.” (OK, I’m a little bit proud.)

Me: “Do you want to go see the other kids in their costumes?”

Him: “No.”

Me: “How about a car on your sixteenth birthday? Do you want a car?”

Him: “No.” (Good. I wasn’t going to buy him one anyway.)

This is when Grandma interjected: “What about the monkey costume from last year?”

Me: “It’ll never fit.”

Grandma: “What other ones have you got?”

Me: “The butterfly.”

Grandma: “You must have something else...”

Me: “I’ll go get the butterfly...”

And so it came to be that my rough and tumble two year old son went dressed as a purple and pink butterfly with shimmery wings and tiny hearts at the end of his antennae. While most parents don’t stress about getting their child into a costume, many do stress about what to do with all the candy at the end of the night – and the solution to save your child from eating pounds of sugar isn’t to turn around and eat it yourself! For me, limiting the amount of candy that enters my home in the first place seems to work. Resource Link: The Sticky Topic of Hallowe'en Candy

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Posted on Friday November 2, 2012 a 4:12pm

Great post

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Posted on Monday November 5, 2012 a 9:15am

Thanks :)


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