Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Non-Candy Items

Always offer a good amount of fun, non-candy alternatives which promote health such as:

  • cereal bars
  • snack packs of dried fruit, pretzels, nut and seeds
  • trail mix
  • low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling
  • animal crackers
  • beef or turkey jerky
  • single serve boxes of healthy ready-to-eat cereal
  • raisins and chocolate covered raisins
  • single serve packets of low-fat microwave popcorn
  • hot chocolate or apple cider packets
  • small toys and pocket-sized games
  • glow sticks
  • costume jewelry
  • funny Halloween glasses
  • false teeth
  • miniature magnifying glasses
  • tiny decks of cards
  • markers
  • stickers
  • temporary tattoos
  • bookmarks
  • crayons
  • coloring tablets
  • paint brushes

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Treats to Promote Activity

Encourage kids to be more physically active by giving small, inexpensive toys to get them up and moving such as:

  • bouncy ball
  • jump rope
  • sidewalk chalk
  • hacky sack
  • a foam airplane flier

Help kids enjoy Halloween without overindulging. If you and your family eat sensibly all year, then kids know how to make wise decisions when they are tempted to overindulge with unhealthy foods. Enjoy the holiday with your kids, but carefully plan what you will do at your house to assure that healthy eating habits are practiced. This can be challenging, since the goal of most children is to get as much Halloween candy as possible for their own private stash.

Cutting down on high fat and sugar laden Halloween treats alone is not the answer to solving the obesity epidemic, but if individuals provide active and nutritious treats in place of candy, together we can teach children important lessons in healthy eating, conscious choices and portion control.

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