The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

Anjy Fadairo, Web Editor-in-Chief • June 17, 2024

In May of 1979, following years of effort from Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Representative Frank Horton of New York, the United States...

Ms. Day speaks to Hockaday students as well as other students in the Dallas area as part of her role to involve Hockaday students in the community and lead them to fulfill their purpose.
A day with Ms. Day
Sarah Moskowitz and Melinda HuMay 19, 2024

How did you get your start in social impact? Day: Out of college, I decided to do a year in a program called The Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It...

Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lang Cooper and Mary Bradley SutherlandMay 17, 2024

What initially interested you in beauty pageants? Roberts: When I was six I joined the Miss America Organization. This program is for girls...

Senior Splash Day
Senior Splash Day
May 13, 2024

The Downsides of the Candy Splurge


Every Oct. 31, like clockwork, kids and teenagers ring doorbells with saccharine smiles plastered on their faces, stretching out their plastic buckets to receive steady streams of sugary goodness.

Like any other kid, I fondly recall looking forward to the one night per year where I could simultaneously assume a new identity and refill my candy stash. In an era of rampant obesity and diabetes, however, the traditional practice of passing out candy on Halloween comes into question and should be reconsidered.

Some might argue that a single day of downing sugary treats does not sentence a child to a life of sugar-related health problems, and I would agree. But consider the unintended impact that that passing out Halloween candy may have on children’s eating patterns. The massive quantity of candy that children accumulate on Halloween makes it easier and easier for children to binge eat that candy, further setting in stone unhealthy eating practices that may last a lifetime.

The short period of time in which children often consume Halloween candy doesn’t help the situation. What results is a sharp spike in insulin that occurs over a short period of time. And when these drastic spikes in blood sugar become regular, kids become particularly susceptible to health conditions like type 2 diabetes.

Story continues below advertisement

It’s easy to discount childhood as a time in which kids should enjoy all the junk food that they would like to have, simply because their metabolisms are higher and because they might not visibly put on extra pounds. On the contrary, childhood presents a unique opportunity for parents to reinforce healthy eating practices that will prevent the accumulation of health problems later in life.

This starts by offering healthier alternatives to sugar-laden candies like Reese’s and Butterfinger, including bags of microwave popcorn and apple slices. Apples contain fiber and important antioxidants, while popcorn is rich in phytochemicals that promote healthy vision and protect the body from cancer and heart disease.

Offering these types of snacks with greater frequency on Halloween and on other holidays like Easter will encourage kids to appreciate the flavor that minimally processed, nutrient-rich snacks possess. By encouraging healthy snacking, we are investing in the health of future generations. I think that’s worth telling kids to lay off the Snickers, don’t you?

Eshani Kishore – Features Editor

View Comments (1)
More to Discover

Comments (1)

Comments are Closed.
All The Fourcast Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest
  • I

    Ishanie KishorieNov 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Microwave popcorn isnt healthy