Encouraging Mindfulness During Halloween

Oct 12, 2017, Sonya Patel Encouraging Mindfulness During Halloween

Halloween is a fun holiday to enjoy with your kids. Planning costumes and decorating your house or yard is a great activity to let everyone’s creativity and imagination go wild. But it’s also the first holiday of the season that can promote selfish thinking and unhealthy eating habits. Here are our tips for encouraging mindfulness in your students and kids.

Combating the Green Eyed Greed Monster

Like its bigger cousin Christmas, on the surface Halloween is all about getting more for less. More candy. Finding which house has the best candy and trying to sneakily visit it more than once.

But you can turn this into an opportunity to teach your kids about sharing. Start a family tradition of donating some of your kids’ candy haul to those less fortunate. Encourage your kids to include some of their favorite pieces, not just the varieties of candy they don’t like. One such organization that accepts candy is Operation Gratitude which donates candy to deployed troops and first responders. On Halloween, you can also have toys or other goodies to pass out to those kids who have a food allergy and can’t participate in Halloween.

DIY Costumes

Rather than spending a fortune on a cheap piece of material that your child may only wear once or twice, make your own costumes together at home. If you’re a teacher, you may even include a costume making party as part of your classroom celebration. Fun, easy costumes to DIY include a ghost or mummy, Rosie the Riveter, a mime, or Waldo from Where’s Waldo. Or try a themed family costume if your kids are up for it, like a superhero family or characters from your favorite movie.

Mindful Eating

A large pile of candy is difficult for even the most will-powered adult to not pick through, much less a child. On the night of Halloween, limit your child to five of their favorite pieces of candy (they’ve probably been sneaking candy as they walk anyway). After Halloween, limit each child to just two pieces. Explain to them that this will help make their stash last even longer. Encourage your kids to take their time chewing each piece to prolong their enjoyment.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Visit www.amazenu.com for nearly 100 yoga and mindfulness videos for your home or classroom. Subscriptions start at just $9 per month.

Related Posts

How to Incorporate Mindfulness into the Youngest of Learners

How to Incorporate Mindfulness into the Youngest of Learners

Oct 05, 2017, Sonya Patel

The idea of mindfulness can be a difficult one to wrap your head around, and even harder to teach. Younger students especially may have a... read more

Test Prep with Yoga and Mindfulness

Test Prep with Yoga and Mindfulness

Sep 28, 2017, Sonya Patel

Studying for tests – regardless of whether they are state-sponsored tests, career tests such as the GMAT or LSAT, or just your typical lesson review... read more

Connecting to Daily Curriculum

Connecting amaZEN U to Daily Curriculum

Sep 21, 2017, Sonya Patel

There are so many different activities that need to fit into your daily classroom schedule that it can be hard to find the time for... read more

Talking to Parents about Yoga and Mindfulness

Sep 14, 2017, Sonya Patel

You’ve seen the positive effects a regular yoga and mindfulness program has on your students. You’ve gotten your school administrators on board. The next –... read more

Register New Account