The kids look adorable in their costumes and are counting down the days until October 31! Are you ready for the sugar rush? With a little creativity, you can find fun ways to include some healthy options in the mix for trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
Try these five tips to make your Halloween festivities a little healthier for your trick-or-treaters:
- Provide a healthy meal prior to trick or treating. This will give them fuel for a fun night and hopefully decrease their appetite for candy!
- Run! Rather than driving the kids around during trick-or-treating, encourage them to run from house to house so that they get good exercise to burn off some of the extra sugar!
- Consider giving out non-sweet options, such as stickers, pretzels or small trinkets. Often children will choose these over candy when both are present.
- Plan some non-candy related games to play that night. This will encourage them to get home sooner for the fun. A photo scavenger hunt for Halloween decorations around the neighborhood is a great way to keep the kids moving!
- Set guidelines for candy eating prior to trick or treating. I would suggest no more than five small candies on Halloween, then one a day for the next week. At the end of the week, consider donating the rest of the candy. Consider donations to a local shelter or look for a local organization that will take the candy and send it overseas to our troops.
Dr. Jenny Bush, MD
Director of Pediatrics and Provider at Westside Health Center Pediatrics