Does the thought of your kids eating too much Halloween candy get you spooked? It does if you spend a lot of time trying to encourage your kids to eat healthier foods and limit their sugar intake. Now let’s be sensible and keep in mind, Halloween can’t be all spooks and no fun!
We’ve created some healthy Halloween tip ideas for celebrations and trick-or-treats. Ideas so good, it’s scary!
Tricks for healthier treats:
- Clementines, blood oranges, or oranges decorated like Jack-O-Lanterns (with non-toxic ink)
- 100% juice boxes or squeezable pouches
- Snack-sized packages of pretzels, popcorn, graham crackers, dried fruit or trail mix
- 100% real fruit strips, ropes or leathers
- Sugar-free gum
Non-edible treat ideas:
- Stickers (Nutrition stickers last longer and cost less than candy. Less than 5 cents per sticker, 200 per roll, plus we offer a great variety. This is truly a treat!)
- Bookmarks (Less than 8 cents per bookmark. Our bookmarks offer fun tips and activities.)
- Temporary Tattoos (Healthy messages that stick!)
Celebration ideas for your family and the classroom:
- Pumpkin carving contest
- Pumpkin seed counting contest
- Scavenger Hunts
- Play Bingo (Get the whole class engaged with our fantastic variety of bingo games.)
- Make a sensible treat recipe together (Check out the Boo-nanas recipe below.)
Scaringly Simple & Sensible Boo-nanas Recipe:
- Orange Juice
- Shredded coconut
- Raisins or chocolate chips
- Wooden craft sticks
- Cut banana in half.
- Dip bananas in orange juice, then roll in shredded coconut.
- Add raisins or chocolate chips for eyes, then insert wooden craft stick for a handle into each ½ banana.
- Serve ½ a boo-nana as-is or frozen.
For more tips and recipes for fall celebrations check out our: Let's Make Fall Healthy Newsletter Handouts.
If you have any other healthy celebration ideas, we want to hear it!