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Healthy Halloween Tips
10/22/2012
Halloween means candy. Children expect it. Parents provide it. The Health Department has tips for making it a healthier Halloween.
Even if you try to provide healthier treats to your little goblins they are bound to gather heaps of candy on this spooky night of the year.

Tips to Make the Night a Little Healthier
  • Trick or TreatingServe your child a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating to avoid the sugar-rush and upset stomach.
  • Set a rule of taking only one piece of candy from each house (no handfuls, please!).
  • If you have more than one child trick-or-treating, have the children take turns so that only one child is taking candy from each house. For example, if you have three kids, each child would get a piece of candy every third house.
  • Limit the amount of candy they can have each day.
  • Store the candy out-of-sight so that it is less tempting.

Healthy Halloween Treats

If you dare to be different try one or a mix of these healthy Halloween treats to give out:

Healthy Treats

  • Raisins
  • 100% juice boxes
  • Hot chocolate
  • Sugar-free gum
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    Non-food Treats

  • Stickers
  • Play tattoos
  • Colored pencils
  • Bubbles
  • Puzzles


  • Healthy Halloween Family Fun!

    Instead of baking Halloween cookies try these healthy foods the family can enjoy together:

    • Don't throw away those pumpkin seeds! Remove the seeds from the strings, toss with olive oil, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes (or until golden brown), turning frequently.
    • Slice apples and dip in honey.
    • Make-your-own Halloween GORP! Serve a variety of healthy ingredients like popcorn, raisins, granola, sunflower seeds, whole-grain cereal, dried blueberries, etc. Let each family member create their own mixture and discuss everyone's favorite!

     



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