The table is set for dinner and the family sits down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. Manny, who is only 6 years old, seems a little too fidgety, perhaps because Halloween is just around the corner and he is already excited about all the candy he’s about to get:
Manny: Nobody in our neighborhood gives out good candy. I’ll have to hurry and rush to the next street for the really good chocolate bars!
Dad: Now, Manny. Eating too much candy can cause your teeth to rot and too much sugar is never good for anybody.
Manny: But it’s HALLOWEEN. The day is all about trick or treating.
Mom: Well, when I was young, the day was all about dressing up in cool costumes and having fun with your friends.
Manny: Yeah, that too. But CANDY, mum. CANDY.
Mom: Eating healthy is important if you want to grow big and strong. I will prepare you a healthy lunch to pack to school.
Manny: But I don’t want to pack a boring lunch to school. All the kids bring cool stuff on Halloween.
Mom: Alright then, we’ll wake up a little earlier so we can prepare a healthy lunch for you that isn’t boring.
And with that, Manny happily chomped on his dinner. Here’s the secret, with a little bit of extra effort and a hint of creativity, you can get your child to eat healthy. If you don’t have time to prepare something that’s too fancy, consider switching up your child’s ordinary lunch to something more interesting.
For example, you can turn your child’s PB&J sandwich to a coffin and use small alphabet cookie cutters to spell out “R.I.P” with cheese. Your kid will have the coolest lunch in class. As an added bonus, pack some Halloween themed cutlery for your kid. Your child will have a huge smile on their face.
If you are running out of ideas, why not make a Princes of Pilbarra inspired treat for your child? Perhaps your kid would want to dress up like Ethan or Mona this holiday.