Straddling the line between fall and winter (or here in Aotearoa the line between spring and summer), Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.
It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honour all saints and martyrs and the evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into encouraging child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating.
Of course with a sugar tax on the horizon, obesity and cholesterol levels climbing and an epidemic of over laden sugary, salty and fatty foods targeted towards children, what can we do this Halloween to be more proactive?
You can get these from bookstores, newsagents and cheaper warehouse stores. Children will get excited over these more than lollies or sweets.
Organic Juice Boxes
A consumable Halloween treat that is practical. After walking around the neighbourhood, kids will get thirsty. It will still have sugar in it but it’s the real deal.
Home-made Bliss Balls
Combine seeds, honey, nuts, tahini and coconut all you need to do is wrap it up in pretty packaging and the kids will love them.
Not quite in keeping the with Halloween theme but stickers aimed at guys and girls are cheap and can be placed on their Halloween bags or on their costumes for a glittery good time.
Last, but not least, Lego. Those bricks of torture when you stand on them, simply place them in sealable bags and give them to the little people who come knocking on your door.