Healthy Halloween alternatives

Use the Halloween holiday as an opportunity to make healthy treat choices for yourself and your children as you teach them about moderation and setting limits.

Halloween is just around the corner. Some of us may be looking forward to indulging in our favorite candies. Some, however, may be looking for ways to make this time of year not about the treats, but how to stick to making healthy choices. How you can focus on providing healthy treat options?

Between classroom parties and the loads of candy, it’s no wonder kids zoom around then crash and burn because of sugar rushes. You may not be able to have complete control over the choices your kids make during school celebrations, but you could be the parent who provides a healthy option during the classroom celebrations; eXtension offers some “Ghoulishly Great Ideas.” Homemade classroom snack ideas like apple slices and caramel dip or pumpkin seeds are healthy options. You could also provide store-bought school snacks like pre-packaged pretzels or trail mixes.

Classrooms are not the only places that are a sugar danger zone. Each neighbor’s house that you visit may be, too. Start a new neighborhood trend. eXtension provides a list of treat alternatives to candy such as mini Frisbees, pencils, animal crackers or goldfish crackers.

Before you head out the door, make sure you have a healthy meal. Offer a fun meal with mandarin orange “brains” or grape “eyeballs.” Get your kids involved in planning a spooky meal with some healthy favorites.

Janis G. Hunter and Katherine L. Cason of Clemson Cooperative Extension share in “Healthy Halloween Treats”  that parents can use holidays such as this to teach about moderation and setting limits on treats. One way to limit candy consumption is to eat a few pieces on Halloween and then a couple each following day.

Halloween doesn’t need to be scary. Use it as an opportunity to teach about being healthy and having fun. Providing healthy snack options, non-food treats and a spooktackular meal will allow you to enjoy Halloween without a hassle.

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