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Halloween is a kid favorite for a reason. There are spooky decorations, festive costumes and fun activities. But there’s also a lot of sugar floating around, and it adds up quickly. As a parent, it’s challenging to know which choices are the right ones. Do you let your kids keep all of their trick-or-treating candy? Do you indulge in the pumpkin cookies your coworker left in the breakroom? What do you send to your kid’s classroom party? So whether you’re a trick-or-treat goer, treat-giver, partygoer or partythrower, keep reading for some practical tips for keeping your family healthy during this holiday.
Tips for Trick-or-Treat Goers
Halloween and candy go together like a witch and a broomstick. Too much of those unhealthy treats can do scary things to your child’s health. So before you send your kids out for trick-or-treating, follow these 4 tips…
- Have a healthy meal with fruits and veggies. Filling up on a healthy meal before they go out can reduce their temptation to snack or overindulge.
- Discuss limits ahead of time. Encourage your kids to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks they eat.
- Find the right bag. Make sure your child’s trick-or-treat bag is appropriately sized. Smaller bags mean less sweets.
- Set boundaries. Limit the houses your children visit to a 2- or 3-block radius. This way, you’ll have a more moderate amount of treats to manage.
Tips for Stay-At-Homers
Staying home on Halloween night? If you plan on leaving your lights on, odds are you’ll have quite a few guests at your door. Instead of passing out candy to the little monsters and mummies, help them live a little healthier by handing out things like:
Or, lose the food altogether and give out fun items like:
Tips for Partygoers and Throwers
For a healthier Halloween party, nutritious treats and fun activities will do the trick. Whether you’re the party host or a party guest, try scaring up some healthy fun with the ideas below.
- Pumpkin Toss. If you don’t mind a little mess, see who can launch their pumpkin the farthest outside.
- Bob for Apples. Or bananas, pears, oranges or any fruit and then fill half your plate with them!
- Play Ghost in the Graveyard. Head outside and act like a kid again.
- A Healthier Punch. Instead of sugary drinks, provide a healthy infused water like this Apple Cinnamon recipe.
- Zombie Dance Party. Before the party dies down, liven it up and help everyone get 30 minutes of physical activity (or 60 if the kids are still awake).
Cook up even more fun by serving these delicious dishes for guests to snack on.
Whether you’re a trick-or-treat goer, party thrower or stay-at-homer, celebrate Halloween with your health in mind. For more wicked-awesome ideas, visit ShapeYourFutureOK.com.