Whether you’re planning to celebrate Halloween with just your immediate family or with a larger group, make it a healthier Halloween party using these simple tips.

Make your healthy Halloween snacks scary good!

  • Banana Ghosts: slice a banana in half, use 3 small chocolate chips (or drizzle melted chocolate) for the eyes and mouth.
  • Tangerine Pumpkins: peel Clementine oranges and add a small piece of celery on top for the stem.
  • Apple Monster Mouths: use two apple slices (for the “lips”) and spread a nut butter in between the two slices, then place seeds (sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds) on the nut butter as “teeth”; stick a strawberry slice in the nut butter as a “tongue”.
  • Carrot Witchy Fingers: peel carrots and cut into finger shapes (make notches for knuckles), put hummus or a nut butter on the tip for a “fingernail”; if using hummus – you can top with a green pepper shaped like a pointy nail.
  • Use a Halloween cookie cutter (ghosts or pumpkins) to cut out festive cheese slices.
  • Instead of punch or juice, make a fizzy (non-alcoholic) drink using sparkling water and a splash of cranberry juice garnished with orange slices and blackberries (For added fun: fill disposable latex gloves with water; freeze the gloves and water; when frozen, cut gloves off and put the icy “hands” in your drink pitcher to keep the drink cold.)

Curb the Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

If you have little goblins who are going to trick-or-treat, here are ways to curb their candy intake.

  • Have a big healthy dinner before going out.
  • Talk to your kids beforehand about nutrition and the benefits of vegetables and fruit versus candy.
  • Use a smaller Halloween trick-or-treat bag (instead of a huge pillowcase) so the bag gets full sooner – which means less candy to take home.
  • Encourage them to only choose one candy if a person offers them a candy bowl to select from.
  • When home, sort through the candy and allow them to keep a few favorites and then encourage them to get rid of the rest. Often dental offices have a “buy back” program so kids can trade their candy in for money or toys.

Curb the Candy for Yourself

Even if you don’t normally eat candy during the year, Halloween can make it very tempting.

  • Keep candy out of sight. If you’re stocking up for trick-or-treaters, keep the large bags of candy unopened and out of easy reach.
  • On Halloween night, eat a healthy, nutritious meal and keep yourself hydrated to ward off sweet cravings.
  • If you do indulge, be picky. Select a few that are your ultimate favorites.

Remember to treat every day like a Monday morning. If you do overindulge, don’t beat yourself up about it. Make a commitment to start anew the next day.

Have a happy and healthy Halloween!

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