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.


Connie said...

Star, thanks for posting some of my non-sugary tips for Halloween.

By the way, the study to which I refer did, in fact, take place rather than "supposedly," as you humorously characterized it.

The principal investigator for the study was Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D., and it was published in the Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior.

Anyhow, thanks for the mention.
By the way, why not think outside the box and give out water? A heck of a lot better than candy!

Connie Bennett
Author, SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books, Dec. 26, 2006)

Star said...

Aw, I was kidding about the water..or at least about substituting beer. I know the study took place--it's just that it's hard to believe kids would say, no candy pliz. Counterintuitive, shall we say. This is a humor site.

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