Halloween is coming up! Are thinking about how to make it a little healthier for the kiddos? Or is it just me??
I’m now at the stage of my parenting journey where my eldest has expectations for what we should do for Halloween – carve pumpkins! get costumes! decorate our house with blow up spiders! Candy! Needless to say, he keeps us busy.
I’m in legit kid territory. While I could get away with innocently skipping the candy tradition with my three-year old, it’s not happening with the eldest around.
As a health coach, I wanted to share fun, non-candy or healthier treats for the neighborhood kids. There will be plenty of candy being handed out so why not add some other fun goodies?
Here are some ideas if you’re curious and inclined to do something similar.
After school my son is usually famished so prior to trick-or-treating on Halloween I plan to load him up with a nutritious snack to fuel him for the activity ahead and even out the sugar highs and lows to come. A green smoothie we dubbed the “purple monster” (blueberries, banana, plant mylk, greens, hemp seeds + oats for protein); yogurt with pumpkin seeds; butternut squash soup and my pb&j sandwiches w/ a boost are some ideas that come to mind.
You can also make some healthy Halloween treats together with wholesome ingredients. Have you ever noticed a peeled tangerine looks like a pumpkin? Add a little piece of celery on the top and Voila! Check out my pinterest board for more ideas I’ve tried and pinned for later!
I’m also setting some standard for how many pieces my kids are allowed to grab at each home to help with the quantity. Not a fistful, but one piece of candy as a general rule feels right but of course I’ll also be playing by ear as we go. I’m hoping to set that expectation first before the frenzy.
Dealing with candy mountain
What about post trick-or-treating when the candy haul is so large there’s no end in sight? These are some strategies I found other health-conscious parents use to deal with the aftermath. A chiropractor mom, I know allows her kids to trade in their candy for money (a nickel a piece, etc) to purchase a toy at the store; the wellness mama mentions a “Switch Witch” who comes switch her kids’ candy haul for toys.
If those ideas aren’t appealing to you, another way to go is to just set a time limit (a week etc) with the kids for how long to keep the candy before tossing or even donating to Treats for Troops. I’ll likely do this because I like to keep things simple and will probably not remember to do any switcharoos or gather my coins.
I hope these ideas give you some inspiration to make your Halloween a little healthier. Let me know if you plan to try any of these and what your strategies are?
Have a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!