How to Have a Healthy Halloween
Halloween marks the unofficial start of what many of us know as “holiday treat season.” The abundance of Halloween candy brought home by the kids — or impulsively purchased on sale the day after — is just the start of the goodies to come during Thanksgiving, holiday parties, office potlucks, and at all the fun activities that go on throughout the end of the year.
If you have good intentions to keep sweets to a minimum this holiday season, kick-off your plan by making it a healthy Halloween. We’ve got some tips to help!
Keep Healthy Snacks Handy
Before Halloween, head to the store or farmer’s market and stock up on healthy snacks like fresh fruit, veggies, pretzels, unbuttered popcorn, nuts, and dark chocolate. Keep these treats in reach whenever you feel an unhealthy craving coming on.
If you’ll be at home on Halloween handing out candy, try to avoid the temptation of the treats you’re giving out. One way to do this is by purchasing candy you personally don’t care for, but having a tray of healthy snacks out to munch on instead also can help.
Ditch the Candy
Sure, you don’t want to be the house that gives out raisins or a toothbrush on Halloween, but there are other non-sugary items you can give out that kids will enjoy, and parents will appreciate. Here are some ideas:
- Glow sticks
- Temporary tattoos
- Sparkly pens with a cute notebook
- 100% juice boxes
- Trail mix
- Fruit leather
- Oranges decorated with googly-eyes
If your kids come home with too much candy, do an exchange where they trade some of their candy for the items listed above, or a toy they’ve been wanting. Let them pick a certain amount of their favorite candy to keep, and then put it out of sight. Kids will most likely forget about it after a few days, and you can then give it to them to enjoy it in moderation. This will help teach kids healthy habits about mindfully enjoying sweets from time to time.
If you are taking your kids out on Halloween, or need to rush home after work to hand out candy, you may not have time to make dinner. This will make it more likely you’ll end up snacking on Halloween candy, so take some time the day before to meal prep. Prepare a healthy meal for the family that you can reheat quickly, so everyone is full before they come face-to-face with Halloween’s sugary temptations.
The holiday season can get very busy, and with shopping and events and parties, it can become more challenging than usual to find time for a workout. Start a good habit for the holiday season by making sure you get some exercise on Halloween. If you can, get up early and take 30 minutes to yourself to do your favorite workout. You can also get your steps in while taking the kids trick-or-treating, or do squats, lunges, and arm exercises while handing out candy at home.
As for the kids, help them stay active by planning a Halloween dance party, or play a spooky-themed version of Tag or Hide and Go Seek.