Healthy Halloween Tips

Based on the nutrition labels on popular candies, the average child accumulates 3,500 – 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. Follow these simple tips & tricks to stay healthy on Halloween!


  • Fill up before trick-or-treating: if kids are full before trick-or-treating, they will eat fewer pieces of candy during the night and after they get back home. Try this recipe for scary taco salad.
  • Exercise: walk from house to house instead of driving – set a goal on how far you will walk and stick to it!
  • Use a smaller treat bag: steer clear of the pillow case method and collect less candy with a smaller bag.
  • Keep the favorite sweets and get rid of the rest: when the children get home, make them make two even piles – one for the candy they want to keep and another for the candy they don’t want to eat. Try donating the candy you do not want to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, or children’s hospital.
  • Out of sight, out of mind: Keep the candy hidden away instead of out in the open – one will be less likely to mindlessly eat when treats cannot be seen.
  • Pass out healthy treats: Often children’s excitement is in collecting the candy, rather than eating it.

Healthy Treat Ideas:

  1. Cereal/granola bars
  2. Whole grain cheddar crackers
  3. Pretzels
  4. Fruit
  5. Fruit leather
  6. Trail mix
  7. Bubbles
  8. Pencils or Crayons
  9. Fun Erasers
  10. Stickers
  11. Temporary tattoos
  12. Glow sticks

I will be passing out glow stick bracelets at my house  for halloween! What healthy treats will you be passing out this year?


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