Health(ier) Halloween Tips!!

I hope you all enjoy these tips for making Halloween a bit healthier

If you have any other ideas, please add them as comments under this post so others can benefit!!

FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS
Instead of handing out candy and other processed junk to trick-or-treaters, try healthier alternatives like:

  • nuts/seeds/raisins or other dried fruits
  • miniature packs of Play-Doh, bubbles or crayons
  • silly putty
  • mini frisbees
  • rubber “bouncy” balls
  • mini yo-yos
  • temporary tattoos
  • glow-in-the-dark items
  • or other party favors

**Last year, we handed out “crazy” straws and “parachute dudes,” and they were a big hit!!!

If you want to be extra festive, look for Halloween-themed items like:

  • pencils
  • erasers
  • pencil toppers
  • stickers
  • balloons
  • plastic rings
  • bracelets
  • plastic figurines

Oriental Trading Company is a great source for these goodies! In Omaha, check out stores like Nobbies, the Dollar Store or Big Lots for bargains on these items.

TREATS FOR PARTIES (OR JUST A SNACK!)

Scary Cheese Fingers“Kids love these scary Halloween Cheese Fingers. They’re easy to make, too.” Click here for instructions!

Melon Brain – “Made from nothing more than a small, round seedless watermelon, this spooky cerebral creation is bound to turn heads.” Click here for instructions!

Apple Bites – “These toothsome treats are a fun and healthy break from Halloween sweets.” Click here for instructions!

 A FEW MORE TIPS:

*Arrange a “Buy Out” - Allow your child to trick-or-treat, but then offer a pre-determined amount of money for each candy they will “sell” you. That way they can “earn” money to buy a toy or game they want! They won’t be eating so much junk, but they also won’t have to miss out on the fun with friends! It’s a “win-win” deal!

*Make sure your family eats sensibly throughout the rest of the year. This sets a good example that helps kids make wise decisions any time they are tempted to overindulge with unhealthy food choices.

*Remember, Halloween can still be fun for kids without being too unhealthy! It just takes extra planning and dedication on your part!