Spooky costumes, tasty treats, and, of course, trick-or-treating—Halloween is right around the corner.
Your kids are likely bouncing off the walls in anticipation of the big day. From choosing costumes to collecting dozens of treats from neighbors, it's an action-packed day for everyone.
You may be concerned—as you should be—about your kids loading up on treats and sugar. However, healthy eating doesn't have to be abandoned on Halloween. There are plenty of options to incorporate healthy habits throughout the day and even sneak in some exercise as you travel from door to door.
Whether you're handing out candy or receiving it, here are some healthier options to consider:
Non-food treats can be fun too.
- Plastic spider rings
- Glow jewelry
- Temporary tattoos
Trick-or-treating can also be a great way to carve out a workout for the whole family.
Take a Walk
Parents should join their children when walking from house to house instead of driving them around the neighborhood. Make sure they earn those treats.
Track Your Progress
Have the kids wear pedometers or activity trackers for a friendly competition to see who gets the most steps throughout the night. For added motivation, offer a non-candy prize to the winner, such as a $5 gift card or a small toy.
Make a Game of It
A house with one pumpkin means 10 squats. A house with a witch decoration means 10 jumping jacks. Houses with spider webs mean 10 alternating lunges. And every time you see a child dressed up as Queen Elsa, run in place for 30 seconds.
Stop at every other house for one block at a time. When you reach the end of the block, turn around and stop at the houses you skipped the first time through. This way, you're getting in twice the mileage for the same amount of treats.
Pull Your Own Weight (And Then Some)
If you have smaller children, pull a wagon so they can have the option of hopping in and out throughout the night. You'll get extra exercise from pulling a wagon full of kids, and they'll have the chance to take a break if needed.
Above all else, make it a fun night the kids will always remember.
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