special tricks and treats …

Tonight, a lot of creatures will visit your door.  Be open minded.

The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills.  The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues.  The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute…. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech.  The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy.  The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism.

Know that they are thankful in their hearts and minds.

Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It’s everyone’s Halloween.

Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child.

Here’s a great tip before you venture out with your little spook: (via)

Practice trick or treating with your child ahead of time at your own door.  Take your child to the Halloween section of a store and explain that people wear all kinds of costumes.  Talk about the kinds of scary or funny costumes you might see.  If you think your child might be afraid during trick or treating, try making a game of it (e.g. Let’s see how many witches we’ll see today). This will help keep your child’s mind off the scary faces.


seriously…are you going to drink that??

 Oh, it’s on us now….the HOLIDAY parties are here!!  Are you ready?  Do you know what is in that drink you’re holding?  Hmmm?? 

I didn’t think so….that’s why I’m here.  Now you can feel really guilty about your next indulgence…

1. Peppermint Mocha (coffeehouse…which is code for Starbucks), made with whole milk and whipped cream.

Per 16-ounce serving:

470 calories

61 g carbohydrate

22 g fat

13 g saturated fat

80 mg cholosterol

2. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino  (coffeehouse), made with pumpkin spice flavors, milk, ice, and whipped cream.

Per 16-ounce serving:

470 calories

74 g carbohydrate

13 g fat

7 g saturated fat

50 mg cholesterol

3. Hot Buttered Rummade with butter, brown sugar, spices, whipped cream, and rum.  (Note: The name pretty much says it all. On average, one cup of hot buttered rum contains two tablespoons of butter. (For those counting, the butter alone adds 200 calories and 36 grams of fat to the drink.)

Per serving:

418 calories

35 g carbohydrate

17 g fat

11 g saturated fat

51 mg cholesterol

4. Pumpkin Spice Latte  (coffeehouse),made with pumpkin spice flavors, espresso, steamed milk, and whipped cream.

Per 16-ounce serving:

410 calories

51 g carbohydrate

17 g fat

10 g saturated fat

55 mg cholesterol

5. Margaritamade with limeade, tequila, triple sec, and ice.

Per serving (about 9 ounces, not including ice):

408 calories

25 g carbohydrate

0 g fat

0 g saturated fat

0 mg cholesterol

6. White Russianmade with vodka, coffee liqueur, and 1 1/2 ounces liquid light whipping cream.

Per serving:

355 calories (or 286 if you use half-and-half instead of whipping cream)

14 g carbohydrate

13 g fat (5 if using half-and-half)

8 g saturated fat (3 if using half-and-half)

47 mg cholesterol (16 with half-and-half)

7. Eggnog  (regular store-bought, not including any added liquor)  Eggnog isn’t the friendliest diet drink for holiday celebrations. It’s full of booze, eggs, sugar, and full-fat dairy. And, if it’s store bought, it probably has a nice helping of corn syrup in it too.

Per 1-cup serving: 350 calories

34 g carbohydrate

19 g fat

11 g saturated fat

149 mg cholesterol

8. Hot Chocolate  (coffeehouse), made with steamed milk, mocha syrup, vanilla syrup, and whipped cream)

Per 12-ounce serving:

320 calories

38 g carbohydrate

16 g fat

9 g saturated fat

50 mg cholesterol

9. Mud Slide,  made with vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish cream, and half-and-half.

Per 4-ounce serving:

295 calories

20 g carbohydrate

8 g fat

5 g saturated fat

15 mg cholesterol

10. Brandy Alexander,  made with brandy, dark creme de cacao, and half-and-half.

Per 4-ounce serving:

246 calories

8 g carbohydrate

9 g fat

6 g saturated fat

20 mg cholesterol

I don’t have to worry about the alcohol for myself, since I don’t drink, however…..who doesn’t love hot chocolate?  Who doesn’t love eggnog?  Ok, not everyone likes eggnog, but it’s easy to let empty calories sneak up on you.  Starbucks and other coffee houses do offer lighter versions of the regular, but remember…you might still be looking at 200 calories.  It can add up fast!!