As we get ready to open our front doors to greet little ghouls, ghosts and goblins, many health-conscious parents already have sweaty palms from fright just thinking about the overindulgences on Halloween. While Halloween typically revolves around sugary sweets, more and more people are choosing healthier alternatives to candy for treats.
So, how can your children have a healthier Halloween?
- Before the Halloween festivities, make sure your kids eat a healthy, balanced meal which means less room for sweets!
- Store your child’s candy somewhere besides their bedroom so it’s not easily accessible.
- Set a good example by limiting your own consumption of sweets. Instead, choose a healthier snack option like a piece of fruit.
- Buy back your child’s candy! This allows your child to still have value from their treats and they can buy something else they want rather than eating sweets.
Healthy alternatives at Halloween celebrations are also gaining momentum, as seen at family-friendly events that feature play time rather than snack time. Snacks like pretzels and popcorn are also making more frequent appearances in Halloween buckets. If you want go the healthy route this year, here are some ideas.
- Non-food items* like stickers, temporary tattoos, fake teeth, balls or other items from a party supply store *Avoid small plastic items that could potentially be choking hazards to small children (i.e. small rubber balls or rings).
- Raisins, pretzels, trail mix, popcorn balls, whole grain crackers or sugar-free gum
However you choose to celebrate, remember that Halloween is just one day out of the year. If your family practices healthy eating habits the rest of the year, one day won’t derail your progress. Let your children enjoy their treats, within reason, for the day and remind them this is a special day for treats. Then, get back on track with those regular healthy habits!