Top Ten Healthy Halloween Tips

October 24, 2011   5 Comments

Halloween is almost here and Snack Girl continues on her mission to convince you that a healthy Halloween is possible.

Top Ten Healthy Halloween Tips

How can you do it? Here are 10 tips that I have compiled over the last few weeks to lead you into having both a fun AND healthy Halloween.

1. A Fantastic Snack From A Scary Place pumpkinseedsb - try roasting your pumpkin seeds for a delicious healthy snack.

2. Try A Healthy Halloween Snack bananaghostb - make SCARY snacks with fruits and vegetables for some serious fun!

3. Get your house "toilet papered" with this suggestion: Healthy Halloween Candy. Also, try handing out oranges, apples, juice boxes, and boxes of raisins.

4. Don't give out candy at all! Hand out stickers, glow sticks, creepy spider rings, Play-Doh, or any type of small toy.

5. Try this suggestion if you want to hand out FOOD that is fun and isn't candy: Looking For A Healthy Halloween Candy Option? Problem Solved!

6. If your children are young, tell them about the CANDY FAIRY. My six year old bought the idea that she could put her candy out and a fairy would replace it with a toy. She is truly excited about giving away her candy - magic, no?

7. If your children are old enough to understand, try making a care package of candy for a soldier in Afghanistan. There are a bunch of different organizations that can help you find a way to cheer up a soldier. One example is Any Soldier. They seem to always be looking for snack food.

8. Don't give out the "stick to your teeth" candy! The Skittles, Starburst, and Taffy of the world is extremely difficult to clean off teeth. The sugar will adhere to the tooth enamel and cause cavities easily. Choose one of the non-sticky options like chocolate, lollipops, or Smarties.

9. Remember to have fun! This tip is for parent's mental health! This event is just once a year and the indulgence is SO difficult to control. Let your kids enjoy themselves on Halloween and teach them portion control the rest of the year. Snack Girl's kids are gonna eat A LOT of candy and, frankly, I'm not going to stress out about it.

10. Don't set yourself on fire Actually, that's a tip for EVERY day (I couldn't think of 10 Healthy Halloween Tips :).

Please share this list with your friends or family that have children.

Got some more ideas I should have added? Please comment.

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These are great, Snack-Girl. The only thing I would disagree with is #9. "Teach them portion control the rest of the year" That's what they say on Thanksgiving. And Christmas. Then there's New Year's and Valentine's Days and even the 4th of July is about food too. (My aunt always makes a cake in the shape of a flag topped with blueberries and strawberries in the appropriate places.) Don't forget all the birthday parties, graduation parties, and your grandparent's 60th Wedding Anniversary. I'm not really sure if there's a good way to handle Halloween, except by choosing not to participate. Otherwise I think a good option might be 1 or 2 pieces a day for a week, then it goes to a food bank or something.

Love these. The first couple will get eye rolls, but who cares. Number 6 is my absolute favorite! Good job!!! I'm not sure how I feel about #7. I love supporting our troops and anything that will make them happy. I wonder about teaching children that candy is not healthy, but then having them send their items to other people. Teaching them to pass on the message to be healthy is also a good idea. Again, treats for troops is certainly a good idea though.

Check with your local dentist - we have one in town that BUYS (yes, BUYS) Halloween candy from the kids on the 1st of November (at $1 a pound). They then donate the candy to the Blue Star Mothers who send it to the soldiers overseas. The dentist also gives out new toothbrushes and has drawings for cool stuff when you bring in your candy. We let our girls choose a small stash of their favorites and then the rest goes to the dentist. :)

Great suggestions! Our church does a trunk or treat event for impoverished communities in our city. I usually do pre-packaged baby carrots and pretzels. The kids LOVE this!

I love to recycle candy in other ways. We pick out the true 'halloween' candy (the kind with skulls and black/orage packaging) and we eat that sparingly (pick 1 or 2 a day). We pick out a few more of our favorites to keep in our own dish, and divvy up the rest for little care packages to give out at Thanksgiving or Christmas to those who we might otherwise not have the money to buy for: lunchroom ladies, school office staff, cleaning staff, librarian, etc. and don't forget your mail carrier, too! These are the ones who appreciate the treats and the thought so much, because they get overlooked compared to your kids' teachers and the principal and such. A cute gift bag and bow and a nice note written from you and/or your kids goes a long way! Pay it forward!

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