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A Healthy Twist On Halloween

Halloween is known for trick-or-treating, with the treats often being candies and sweets loaded with sugar. While kids may love these treats, too much can be bad for their health. Tooth decay, belly aches, unhealthy habits, and extra pounds are just some of the negative effects.

There are ways to have a healthier Halloween while still keeping the kids happy. Try some of these healthy ideas.

  • Nix candy for healthier options – Yes, kids love candy, but they may also love a creative, healthy treat. Small oranges or fruit cups made to look like mini jack-o-lanterns or festive popcorn balls are some of the ways you can make Halloween treats healthier.
  • Trick Or Toys? – You can avoid giving out candy or snacks all together and opt for small toys, stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, erasers, or glow sticks. This is also a great alternative for the children with food allergies.
  • Get moving! – Candy consumption around Halloween increases, but so does walking. Although you are walking around the neighborhood, you may want to increase your outdoor activity not only as a way to boost physical health, but as another way to bond with family. You can take a walk around the block before Halloween to plan a route, check out Halloween decorations, or to simply get some fresh air.
  • Feed the kiddos a full and healthy meal before they indulge in their treats – This will give them fuel for the walk and decrease the temptation to sneak a treat while out. Also, snacking while on the way is discouraged – you should go home and inspect all the candies before the kids eat them.
  • More candy than you expected? Look into local dentists or other businesses for a candy-donation or buy-back program. Be sure to call first to confirm the details.

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Make it a family trip to fuel up before your Halloween fun at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli! We’ll be open for normal store hours on Halloween, 7:00am-4:00pm (breakfast served until 10:30am).

The History Of Trick-Or-Treating

Halloween is fast approaching, which means it’s time for costumes, candy, and trick-or-treating. It’s likely that we have all been trick-or-treating at some point in our lives, whether we were the kids going door to door, or the adults passing out treats. But do you know where the tradition of trick-or-treating came from?

Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on October 31. The Celts lived in what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, some 2,000 years ago. They believed that on the night of October 31, the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth, so people would gather to light bonfires and offer sacrifices to honor the deceased. Some villagers would even dress like ghosts and demons and perform tricks in exchange for food or drinks. This practice was called mumming, and is thought to be a precursor to trick-or-treating.

In England in 1000 A.D., All Souls’ Day (November 2) celebrations involved an act called souling. Poor people would visit the homes of wealthier families and receive pastries called soul cakes in exchange for a promise of prayer for the souls of their deceased relatives. Later, children adopted this tradition and would go door to door asking for gifts like food or money. Souling is also believed to be an earlier form of trick-or-treating.

In Scotland and Ireland, they had guising. Young people would dress up in costume and visit different households to sing a song, recite a poem, or tell a joke. This was their way of performing a “trick” before they received treats, such as fruit, nuts or coins.

Yet another example is the British tradition of celebrating Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night). This night celebrates the prevention of the Gunpowder Plot, which was an attempt to blow up the parliament. Fawkes was one of the conspirators that was caught and executed on November 5, 1606. On that day, children wear masks, carry effigies, and beg for pennies.

The popularity of Halloween was spurred by the influx of new immigrants to the US in the mid 19th century. In the early 20th century, Irish and Scottish communities began souling and guising in the US. But it wasn’t until decades later that trick-or-treating became the standard practice for celebrating Halloween.

This Halloween, rather than tricking you, we’d like to treat you! Visit us on Saturday October 31, 2015 for some yummy sandwiches and we’ll treat you to a free Pistachio cookie! We’ll be open from 10:30am-4:30pm so you can fuel up before you go trick-or-treating. Visit our Promotions page to learn more about our Halloween special and our other promotions.

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