Happy HEALTHY Halloween!

halloweenHalloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays!  No gifts, no giant meals to stress over, and lots of costumed fun make it my kind of holiday.

Since Halloween is all about fear and being scared (in a good, fun way!), I decided to make this year’s Halloween Season all about CONQUERING fears.

I always tell people to start with small attainable goals.  I decided to follow my own advice!  This years fear conquering GOAL was to attend a haunted house.  It was something that I’d only done once, years ago, and swore I would never do again.  How can I hope to conquer the big fears in life, or more importantly, ask other people to conquer their fears if I can’t even walk through a room filled with costumed adults!

Now, I’m not advocating haunted houses or even Halloween.  What I am advocating is not letting your fears hold you back from doing the things that you really want to do.  Set small, ATTAINABLE goals, make a plan, and follow through.  So Thursday night I did it.  I gathered a group of friends and family for moral support, headed down to the 13th Gate and ACCOMPLISHED my goal.  And guess what?  I had a blast!  I was startled quite a few times but I never felt overwhelmed or terrified.  I can also report that I didn’t even end up with nightmares that night!

In the spirit of a healthy Halloween, here’s the link to last years post TRICK-or-TREAT for a CAUSE not a Curse!  It’s got some great information on ways to use all that sugary candy to support a cause.  My favorite is Operation GRATITUDE, an organization aims to lift MORALE and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to Veterans,  Wounded Warriors and First Responders.

If you are the one handing out the treats this year, consider giving out non-food PRIZES.  Some great alternatives are Halloween themed pencils, erasers, stickers, or other toys and trinkets.  Oriental Trading has some great Halloween treasure chests filled with handouts for a very reasonable price.

How are you going to conquer your fears this Halloween season?  Tell us all about it in the comments section.  While you’re there, tell us how your family works to make Halloween a HEALTHIER holiday.

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