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How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween

Halloween

 

While most kids might argue otherwise, there’s more to Halloween than candy. Parents tend to spoil their children with sweets in October, but we all know that overloading on sugar obviously isn’t healthy. It’s important to find a balance, where kids can enjoy a fun and healthy Halloween without going overboard. Here are some creative ideas to host healthy Halloween parties and make trick-or-treating more nutritious.

 

Halloween parties

 

Food: If you’re hosting a Halloween party, serve no more than one sugary item and stick to mostly healthier party snacks. To entice the kids, make healthy food look frightfully delicious by using Halloween themed cookie cutters for your sandwiches and fruit. Set the mood with creepy plates, napkins, cups and decorations! Some of your healthy party snacks can include:

 

  • Apple cider
  • Orange wedges
  • Pumpkin muffins
  • Light/low-fat popcorn
  • String cheese
  • Trail mix
  • Rice crispy treats
  • Sugar-free gum

 

Activities: Instead of a sit-down-and-eat party, shift the children’s focus away from snacking on candy by organizing activities like:

 

  • Running a haunted house
  • Mask making
  • Costume contest
  • Reading and writing Halloween stories
  • Pin the nose on the witch
  • Ghost sack races

 

Trick-or-treating

 

Giveaways: Keep the neighbourhood kids happy and healthy by giving away small toys, healthier food options and fun-sized candy bars. Look no further than here for some ghoulish giveaway ideas:

 

  • Plastic skeletons, spiders and ghosts
  • Juice boxes
  • Temporary tattoos or stickers
  • Boxed raisins or dried fruit
  • Low-fat candy
  • Lollipops
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Small crayon boxes

 

Bonus health and safety tips:

 

  • Only give out one candy per-child, rather than a whole handful which is often the case.
  • Make sure trick-or-treating candy is a dessert and not dinner.
  • Check the items that your children collect before allowing them to eat.
  • Encourage healthy eating throughout the year, not just on Halloween!
  • Make sure children are travelling in groups or with a parent when trick-or-treating.
  • Accessorize with glow-in-the-dark bracelets and give children a flashlight for added visibility.

 

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{ 22 comments… add one }

  • Ed Arditti October 31, 2015, 10:48 am

    Do NOT go out too late at night with a young child

  • Wai Kwan October 29, 2015, 10:15 pm

    Be sure to supervise the kids’ Halloween parties.

  • Melia Whyte October 29, 2015, 7:16 pm

    we keep our scaredy dog in a room far away from the constant doorbell ringing and fireworks.

  • LisaM October 29, 2015, 6:17 pm

    We always make sure to have non-candy treats for kids who have allergies or would just rather have a toy

  • Garnet Leib October 29, 2015, 8:24 am

    Make sure you check the items your children collect before allowing them to eat them!

  • Will Kwan October 28, 2015, 9:41 pm

    Make a calender of which treat can be enjoyed on what date…and interspace some good, healthy options, too! (Like an apple, orange). Give the kids a chance to anticipate what they’ll be eating next, and not gorge on everything all at once!

  • Teresa Kwan October 28, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Pin lots of reflective bands or buttons to your trick-or-treaters before they go out, and on yourself too ! to improve visibility.

  • Cheryl Almas October 28, 2015, 6:10 pm

    Always check the treats out to make sure nothing has been put inside them.

  • Dale Schatz October 28, 2015, 2:55 pm

    trick or treat on well lit streets

  • Julie Farmer October 28, 2015, 12:06 pm

    make sure an adult is with the kids at all times

  • Catherine Brown October 28, 2015, 11:44 am

    Host a Halloween party for the kids instead of trick or treating.

  • Sandra McGrinder October 28, 2015, 11:25 am

    go trick or treating in neighborhoods that you are familiar with.

  • Carole Dunsford October 27, 2015, 9:34 pm

    For a (safer) Halloween (for the culprit), when stealing all the candy bought for children coming to the door, it would be easier not to assign blame to you if you had not left a trail of empty candy wrappers from the door of the pantry to your bed. It would have been easier to blame it on someone else if you had wiped the rest of your chocolate coma’s evidence off your mouth. Sincerely, Mom. :)

  • cynthia kwan October 27, 2015, 6:24 pm

    Really have to emphasize the visibiltiy of young trick-or-treaters — with it getting dark earlier, and earlier, it is vital that pedestrians are visible to drivers. Wear reflective tape, carry glow sticks, use flashlights — anything that will make you stand out is essential to personal safety while outdoors in the evening. Especially with little ones,,,make sure they understand the importance of being seen!

  • Louanne Baelde October 27, 2015, 6:14 pm

    Another idea would be to make roses from autumn leaves.

  • Ashley Pomery October 27, 2015, 3:57 pm

    My healthy Hallowe’en snack is apple nachos. You make apple slices and drizzle with something sweet (caramel or hot fudge are fun) and then top with granola, nuts, coconut, or anything else that might be delicious! It’s a fun take on a healthier party snack & kids LOVE it.

  • Sharon October 27, 2015, 1:24 pm

    Use make-up instead of masks and carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to be seen on dark streets

  • Gail Anema October 27, 2015, 12:08 pm

    I made “mummy” cookies as treats for all my nephews & nieces – still has sugar but being home-made, no weird additives! Less un-healthy :)

  • Loni Pisani October 26, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Glowsticks!

  • Cody Wright October 26, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Thanks!

  • Robert Walli October 26, 2015, 1:51 pm

    Having a party at home for children do some baking with them and they can decorate the cookies, muffins etc…

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