Parenting Tricks and Treats #4

Trick #4

Children often are so excited when Halloween comes to collect their candy but safety is a huge concern. Remind the children that your number #1 job is to provide safety for them. I recommend going over the rules for trick or treating every night with your child repeating the rules for about a week prior to the night and practice following the rules by walking around the neighborhood. Also, go over the consequences if they do not follow the rules. Such as, if you run ahead of me or do not stay with me that will be the “code sign” for you are done trick or treating and want to go home.

Examples of rules are

  1. You are to stay next to me or behind me.
  2. Always take what is offered and say “Thank you” even if you don’t like that candy.
  3. Always just take one piece of candy.
  4. No eating candy until parents have time to check the candy.

Carol Melim, LCSW

Licensed Therapist, EMDR Certified
Lighthouse Psychiatry | Advanced TMS Therapy and Research
& Lighthouse TMS Centers
“a beacon for recovery and discovery”

Treat #4


Dive into Fall with this delicious and easy crock pot fall cider recipe! This recipe is perfect for your fall gatherings and will leave your house smelling so delicious!



  • 8 cups of water
  • 4 honeycrisp apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp mulling spices
  • 1/4 pomegranate seeds


  1. Core and slice the apples into quarters.
  2. Slice the orange into thin slices.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your crock-pot slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. After 8 hours scoop the fruit, spices and cinnamon sticks out of the bowl and discard.
  6. Pour the remaining liquid through a strainer to remove any large spices or chunks.
  7. Garnish with fruit and cinnamon sticks.
  8. Serve warm.

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Inspiring Health & Wellness

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