What is that moaning and groaning you hear coming from down the hall? Is it a ghost? A goblin? No, it’s your child with a massive candy induced belly ache. A healthy Halloween can be difficult to accomplish with howling children ready to devour plastic pumpkins full of candy. The excitement of sorting massive amounts of candy into like piles and consuming as much as possible before mom and dad notice is every kid’s fantasy. It is up to us adults to help our children achieve a healthy balance on this candy-centered holiday.
Here are a few ghoulishly great ways to help your family accomplish a healthy Halloween:
Fang-tastic Meal: Start out your night with a healthy Halloween family dinner. Filling up on healthful options like mini mummy pizzas, edible eyeballs, cucumber monsters, and candy corn fruit cups will decrease your little monsters’ appetite for candy as they walk around collecting their loot. For recipes and ideas visit Listoic Listed and Loved.
Witchy Walkabouts: Walking with your child door to door will allow both of you to be active on this hauntingly fun holiday. Challenging your little ninjas and princesses to come up with different ways to travel from one house to another will get their heartrates up and will ensure a ton of fun. Some examples could be: walk like Frankenstein, hop like a bunny, fly like a bat, and dance like a skeleton. Reflective tape and flashlights will help to keep you visible to others and can add an extra bit of fun to any costume.
Fiendish Non-Food Treats: As the amount of food allergies grow, the need for creative non-food treats also increases. Options like glow sticks, fangs, and bubbles are great alternatives to handing out candy.
The Teal Pumpkin Project has other great ideas on making Halloween a healthy holiday for all. Not only are these treats helpful to those families with allergies, but they also help to keep the amount of candy children collect down.
Hopefully these tips help you to carve out a healthy Halloween this year!
-Jessica Sutton, Wellness Integration Specialist