So, we're not taking the kids trick-or-treating this year, the second year in a row, and the reactions we get from people when they find out ranges from mild surprise to dismay to disbelief that we would deny our children the memories of this particular rite of passage.
People can't seem to grasp the concept that walking around the neighborhood begging candy and treats that we aren't going to eat and will only end up throwing away is the driving force behind our decisions to create an alternate evening of fun for the family, and we get quite a few pointed comments and critical judgements tossed our way.
Let me sum it all up for you.
I didn't want my kids snarfing down buckets of sugar-laden treats BEFORE we went paleo…I am definitely not going to be happy doing it now. Not to mention the guilt knowing we are taking the treats that people spent good money on and basically would be tossing it in the trash. Frankly, if someone did that to me, I'd pretty pissed.
Someone once asked why we didn't just give the candy away once we'd collected it. First and foremost, because if we believe that the processed/refined sugarsand fillers and what-not prevalent in most Halloween treats is bad for our bodies/bad for our health, why the heck would we give it to someone else so they can get sick on it? We don't push our beliefs on anyone, but we do try to stick to the basic principles.
We may be taking the paleo high ground on this holiday, but I'm no fool… you better believe we aren't sitting around in a darkened house watching all the kids go running by. In what's become a kinda-sort-of-maybe-if-it works-annual Halloween event, we're taking the kids down to my parents house for a family night. We had a blast last year with good food and great games, and this year will be no different…even better, perhaps, since we've got a couple pint-sized friends joining us!
And okay, I know Halloween isn't really Halloween with some sort of candy.
I get it.
I kind of agree.
Which is why I'm totally saving the day with two of my favorite Halloween candies, paleo-fied…Butterfingers and Twix.
We absolutely loved these. We proabbly would have loved them a little bit more if my candy thermometer had been working properly…my caramel center in the Twix was too hard from overcooking, and was more like paleo toffee on a shortbread crust.
We totally still ate it.
We totally still loved it.
Halloween is still celebrated around our house…we just rock it cavemom-style.
You can find the recipe for the Paleo Butterfingers HERE at Real Sustenance.
You can find the recipe for Paleo Twix HERE at Real Sustenance.