Some California schools celebrated Halloween this year with grapes, apple slices, carrots, cheese and popcorn, reports the San Jose Mercury News. State law now regulates how often schools can serve snacks with more than 35 percent of calories from fats.
After-school parties are exempt, so parents sold cotton candy, nachos and snow cones at Cherry Chase Elementary’s annual Fall Festival fund-raiser. It’s hard to raise much money selling celery and carrots.
Schools in San Jose’s Evergreen School District are moving away from food-centered celebrations. Instead of cupcakes on birthdays, the district suggests parents may bring pencils for kids or donate a book to the school library in their child’s name.
If you can’t eat cotton candy and cupcakes when you’re a kid, when are you going to get the chance?