Just as fangs go with Dracula, candy and sweets traditionally go with Halloween. We know it’s nearly impossible to keep your kids’ hands (and yours!) off the treats. Everything in moderation, sure, but how do you keep trick or treating and parties fun – yet healthy – without haunting your families and friends?
At LiveWell Colorado, we believe the best way to moderate the sugar intake during Halloween is to plan ahead and get creative.
Trick or Healthy Treats
Arrange to hand out healthier treats – while being creative – to avoid getting your house egged or trees TP’d. Give visiting ghouls and princesses mini bags of naturally sweetened fruit gummies, dried apple chips or whole wheat animal shaped crackers. Or, better yet, hand out non-food items such as themed stickers, bubbles and temporary tattoos.
Consider providing your munchkin with a traditional pumpkin carrier or small bag – versus a pillow case – so it will fill up faster. This allows for the full Halloween experience while naturally limiting the potential number of treats that will eventually end up being eaten by a child. Also, feed your little ghosts and goblins a healthy, hearty warm meal before they head out for trick or treating so they’re not as tempted to down all the candy on the go.
Spooktacular Party Ideas
Halloween parties are also a great opportunity to add more activity into the day. For example, a Monster Bash music party will encourage kids to actively showcase their most ghoulish dance moves. Think about creating other fun activities that do not revolve around candy. Pumpkin carving contests and Halloween arts and crafts provide fun alternatives to massive candy consumption.
Turn party snacks from frightful to delightful by using healthy ingredients in a fun, festive manner. For example, create a spider snack by using a plum for the body and grapes attached on toothpicks for the legs. Or make goblin grins using snow peas, strawberries and sliced almonds. Your kids will love the way these look and taste!
Finally, don’t let yourself – or your kids – get haunted by leftover Halloween candy. Trade it in for healthier options! Bellco Credit Union and LiveWell Colorado have teamed up for a candy exchange on Saturday, November 3 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Bellco location in Lone Tree, 9220 Park Meadows Dr. Your kids will have the chance to trade candy for fun prizes that will keep them moving.
For more fun Halloween ideas, visit www.livewellcolorado.org.
disclosure: this post is part of a multi platform campaign with LiveWell Colorado.