Tips for a Healthy Halloween

It’s October again, which often means an excuse to eat many tiny chocolate bars and indulge. While we believe in everything in moderation, here are a few tips to help you have a healthy (or at least healthier) Halloween!

Healthy Halloween Swaps

  • In the mood for chocolate? Try a glass of chocolate milk instead. Your body will get a boost from calcium and vitamin D as well.
  • Instead of gummy candies, how about some dried fruit like apricots, apples, pineapple or raisins?
  • Try some frozen grapes for a sweet and crunchy treat that tastes more indulgent than it is.
  • Instead of salty chips, have some healthy nuts like pistachios.
  • Instead of a full-sized chocolate bar, go for a fun-size bar to save approximately 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat.
  • Opt for longer-lasting candy like lollipops over mindless sugary shovelling. 

Non-Candy Treats

  • Glow sticks, stickers, pencils and bubbles can be fun non-candy alternatives, especially for younger kids.
  • Play-Doh, tattoos and bouncy balls are also good options.
  • Pre-packaged pretzels or Goldfish can be a nice alternative to candy.
  • How about activity pads with assorted coloring sheets, puzzles and games for a treat that will last longer than five seconds?
  • A drink packet for a mug of hot chocolate or hot apple cider is a nice option.

Switch Witch

  • Some families swear by the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch is a good witch that visits your home on Halloween night and “switches” some or all of the kids’ stash for a gift or toy instead.
  • Kids can still trick-or-treat and keep some favourites, and the rest can be dumped or donated.
  • This might be a good solution for kids with allergies or special dietary requirements.

Everything in Moderation

  • Don’t buy Halloween candy until a couple of nights before. This will help you avoid temptation (and you might score some good sales too!).
  • Don’t buy treats that you personally love to eat. Try to give out all the candy by the end of the night to avoid leftovers.
  • Give your kids a full, nutritious meal before going trick-or-treating.
  • Let your children make a pile of likes and dislikes at the end of the night. Dump or donate the dislikes.
  • Limit the number of pieces of candy you and your kids can have each day.
  • If the candy is still around after a couple of weeks, toss it out.