Oct 23, 2007
Halloween is a time when children are loaded up with lots of candy and sugar. The supermarkets are filled with all different sizes, shapes, and types of sugary delights to give out to Trick-or-Treaters. What are you to do when you want to give healthier treats or have a healthier Halloween party?
Instead of going down the candy or Halloween aisles at the supermarket, go down the snack aisle. There are plenty of small bags of chips. Try to choose popcorn, pretzels, or baked chips, which are the healthier choices. Snack size granola bars or sugar-free gum are good too. Fresh fruit, seeds, and nuts (mostly apples and pumpkin seeds) are great for Halloween parties but not for door-to-door Trick-or-Treaters. Today, parents of trick-or-treaters want pre-packaged items and will discard the fruit. Small snack sized nuts/seeds would be the best!
Another idea is not to use food at all for treats. Pencils, pens, small balls, small book, and small game gadgets, to name a few. These are not costly and fun for the children. They can be found in party supply stores or 99 cent stores that are filled with numerous non-food items for children to play with. Coins (pennies, dimes, etc.) are also another alternative to food.
If you still would like to buy candy, think small size and dark chocolate/nuts. Dark chocolate and nuts have omega-3 fatty acids and helps to keep cholesterol down. Try to stay away from the big candy (chocolate bars). Mix the candy with the above ideas and you have a healthier treat than candy alone.
The focus for Halloween should be for the children to have fun and candy does not have to be center of attraction. Relax and have fun with the kids, and do not let the boogie man get you!