As a Stonyfield YoGetter I received free samples of new Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Halloween was by far one of my favorite holidays growing up, and not just because of the candy. I really loved getting dressed up and pretending to be someone (or something else) for the day. When I was little my mom usually put together costumes for me using items we already had, such as the year she turned my ballet recital outfit into a mime’s outfit or when I was in kindergarten she used and old sheet and some construction paper to make me a pirate ghost.
Every year in elementary school we would go home for lunch, get dressed in our costumes, and come back for an afternoon all-school Halloween parade followed by parties in our classrooms. The whole process, even going home for lunch, was incredibly exciting. It’s amazing we were able to get any work done in the morning!
As I got older, I channeled my boundless creative energy to making my own costumes. One year with my three best friends I was the Tin Man. Another year my very best friend was a can of Campbell’s soup and I was … the spoon! (Needless to say, most people had no idea what I was.)
In the evening, I went trick-or-treating with my best friend, usually in her neighborhood because there were more kids out and about. At the end of the evening, we would go back to her house and unload our bounties, taking stock of how many of each type of candy we got and trading ones we didn’t like with each other.
Now that Eve is a full-blown toddler and has more awareness of what is going on, I’m really looking forward to Halloween as a parent. Technically we did dress her up and took her trick-or-treating last year, but she was too young to know what was happening.
When I was at my parents’ house a few weeks ago, she had a ton of fun playing with a large Paddington Bear that someone had gifted me as a child. It’s almost as big as Eve, and as a joke we put the felt jacket and hat on her. She thought it was hilarious, and we realized we had her Halloween costume! I’m still have a few more items to get, such as rain boots, which I have been scouring for on eBay.
This year we anticipate taking her to a local neighborhood where everyone on the street goes all out. The houses are decked out and it’s one big party for families. Afterwards we will bring her back to our street so that we can take her trick-or-treating, which I think she will really get a kick out of.
I’m not sure how many trick-or-treaters we’ll get this year, but I always like to be prepared. In years past I have given out a certain peanut-butter filled candy that I personally love. The only problem is when they’re left over then guess who ends up eating them? Me! I have a serious sweet tooth, and you put candy in front of me and I can hardly control myself.
Last month I was given new Stonyfield Organic fruit snacks to try out. As someone who also happens to really like gummy candies, I was really excited to try these out. Let me tell you, they are delicious! As a bonus, they are made with real fruit and vegetable juices, colors from natural sources such as red beets and black carrots, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and 100% daily dose of Vitamin C. They come in two varieties: strawberry and mixed berry.
Not only do I not feel guilty eating them like I would most Halloween candies, but as a parent I also feel good giving them out on Halloween. But let’s hope I get some trick-or-treaters so I’m tempted to eat them all!
What are some of your Halloween traditions?