For kids, Halloween is that sweet time of year when they get the chance to dress up as their favorite super hero and stuff themselves with candy, but for parents and educators it can be a nightmare!
We spend all year trying to encourage our kids to eat healthy foods and limit sugar-filled sweets, but realistically Halloween can’t be all spooks and no fun.
So we’ve created some healthy Halloween tips for trick-or-treating alternatives to candy and celebration ideas for your family and the classroom….
Tricks for healthier treat alternatives:
- Stickers (Nutrition stickers last longer and cost less than candy. Less than 4 cents per sticker, 200 per roll, plus we offer a great variety. This is truly a treat!)
- Bookmarks (Less than 7 cents per bookmark. Our bookmarks offer fun tips and activities.)
- Temporary Tattoos (Healthy messages that stick!)
Healthy 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.)
- Applesauce Making (Let the kids peel & chop the apples, then use a slow cooker to make the recipe in class.)
Scaringly Simple & Sensible Treat Recipes:
Chunky Applesauce (Serves 4)
- 4 medium apples
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Peel and core the apples.
- Cut apples into quarters and place into a medium saucepan.)
- Add the water, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apples are soft.
- Mash lightly and serve.
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- ¾ cup low-fat/non-fat milk or vanilla yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 4 ice cubes
- Combine ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour ½ cup of the smoothie into glass and serve.
Remember to keep in mind that Halloween is one day per year, so if your family or classroom celebrates healthy the rest of the year, it will have a greater impact than a few days of overindulging.
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!