Halloween is a favorite holiday for many children because they love getting dressed up in a costume and collecting candy from the neighbors. But, just because this holiday is focused around sweet treats, doesn’t meant that you can’t have fun without over-indulging in candy. Here are a few alternatives to consider to make your Halloween a healthier experience:
It is fun to have a holiday dinner with the family, and you can find themed foods that add a spooky element into your meal. Tell your family that it is a themed dinner, and try to include as many healthy foods as possible. Healthy Halloween foods might include:
° Serve oranges, pumpkin, squash, bell peppers, or any other type of orange fruit or vegetable
° Peel green grapes so they are slimy “eyeballs”
° Make “witch” guacamole
° Serve “green goblin” smoothies at breakfast, with light-colored fruits and some spinach to make it green
° Use Clementine slices to create the shape of a pumpkin face, and other types of fruit to design the eyes, nose, and mouth of the pumpkin. A few celery sticks make a great stem on top.
Kids will have fun with these creative ideas, and even simple food suggestions can make their imagination run wild.
Consider painting your pumpkin teal this year and place it by your door to raise awareness and show support for kids with food allergies. You can then add a sign indicating you have non-food treats available. Handing out non-candy party favors at the door is a common suggestion for a healthier holiday, so you have probably heard of this one before. Here are a few options that you might consider: black toothbrushes, organic juice boxes, pens, pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, small toys, buttons, bookmarks, etc. Make sure you download Moms Across America’s GMO-Free labels to place on the treats.
If your kids love the thrill of trick-or-treating, consider offering them a buy-back for their candy. Sort through their candy at the end of the night and let them eat a few pieces, and then offer to pay them a specific amount of money for every pound of candy that they turn in. With this method, they can enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating and have an easy way to earn some extra cash at the same time.
Planning a Halloween party at your house is a great way to let the kids have fun, and keep them away from the candy at the same time. You can plan fun Halloween-themed finger foods, party games, and invite all their friends. The other parents will likely be glad to have an alternative event for their kids to attend.
Make the costume parade the big event, and spend time planning fun costumes with your children. The party helps to switch the focus to the costumes instead of the candy, helping your child to be distracted from the unhealthy aspects of the holiday.
Another option is to have a Halloween craft night, with a variety of crafts and games that your children can enjoy. Consider ideas such as face painting, making scarecrows or mummies, or decorating pumpkins. If you need more ideas, look on Pinterest where it is easy to search for Halloween crafts.
With a few small changes to your family traditions, you can make Halloween a fun holiday without indulging in the unhealthy foods that are associated with this holiday. Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the candy because there are many other ways to enjoy the holiday!