How to Have a Healthier Halloween Party
By Sara Butler
Halloween is a great holiday. It utilizes imagination and gets the whole family outside to enjoy the festivities of the season. It’s also a holiday with a pretty substantial candy quotient, which can make it a bit of a nightmare for parents to navigate. You don’t have to worry, though. You can host a Halloween soiree -- or any kind of party that includes sweets -- that is fun and healthy by utilizing a few of these tips!
Don’t Forget Balance
Halloween is one day of the year, so letting your kids have a few extra pieces of candy one day isn’t going to be the end of the world. What is far more important in the big picture are the eating habits you promote to your kids on a daily basis. Instead of banning sweet on Halloween, fill them up with healthy snacks first and then allow them some sweet treats.
The fun size candies given out at Halloween are actually pretty ingenious. They allow you to have some candy in small doses. You can also add your own small portioned fun by buying miniature muffins or cupcakes, bite-sized brownies or cookies and serve the treats to your kids instead of just putting them out for them to serve themselves.
Make Your Own Healthy Treats
If you make your own Halloween treats it’s easier to control the amount of sugar, fat and calories in it than when you buy them. You can make your own treats and sneak in some fruits or vegetables as well as whole grains and dairy. Try your hand at some pumpkin-laden treats such as cinnamon roasted pumpkin seeds or pumpkin chip muffins. Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A and quite versatile, so it can be used in a lot of ways.
You can also try some of these Halloween-themed snacks:
- Pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and banana smoothies
- Apple slices with yogurt
- Canned pumpkin misted with pumpkin pie spice as a dip for animal crackers
- Warm apple cider topped off with cinnamon sticks
Don’t make your Halloween party all about the food. You should have some fun games to get everyone moving. Try a costume parade or a rousing game of musical chairs. Even something as simple as tag can encourage activity and be fun for the kids!
The biggest danger to Halloween is the leftover candy. How do you police it the day after? Well, don’t deprive them completely but instead put the candy away so they don’t see it every day. Then, give them treats every once in a while. You can also utilize some of the candy to make your own trail mix with nuts and pretzels.