Friday, October 27, 2006
Healthy Halloween catered by The Coneheads
…Halloween, one of HA’s favorite hols, is nearing and HA always thinks of The Coneheads, who gave out six-packs and fried eggs to trick-or-treaters.
…They may have been from outer space, but they knew how to please people. Funny, too.
…HA makes a yearly excursion to the cheapest candy places in town (read the ads, people) to load up on the obligatory empty cals and teeth-decimating glop.
…At least, she has learned to buy stuff with sticks that she doesn’t like and won’t eat.
…This year, though, six-packs it is!
…Just kidding. But Connie Bennett, author of “Sugar Shock” and self-described Scary Sugar Shrew, suggests the customary fare turns kids into hell spawn. So what to do?
…Bennett suggests glow-in-the-dark insects (these are toys, HA hopes), stickers, colored chalk, rubber worms or snakes, and hair clips might be welcome in the old bag.
…Other suggestions: Whistles, kazoos, key chains.
…Supposedly Yale did a study and half of 284 trick-or-treaters wanted non-candy items.
…If you must give food, try unsweetened almonds. No peanuts, though—a run to the ER is a bad trick for Mom and Dad.
…Or, get this…bottled water. Sure, the snacking makes you thirsty, but bottled water?
…A six-pack maybe.