Halloween will be here in a few weeks if we like it or not. Celebrating Halloween usually involves tons of candy, social parties with scary drinks and of course family and/or friends activities. We put together some tips to make this Halloween a healthier one.
1. Offer Healthy Halloween Treats
Trick-or-treating can be a tough job and most kids are running around all night collecting candy. Offer the little ones and big kids mini bottles of water and I’m sure every parent will thank you at the end of the night. Not creative enough? Try kid-friendly pre-packaged 100 calories snacks, organic fruit snacks, or even Cuties (mini oranges) – what kid doesn’t love Cuties.
2. Give out non-food fun
The healthiest Halloween treat is of the non-food variety. Not only will parents be grateful for the sugar-free surprise, but kids with food allergies will love coming to your house as well. Grab some colorful bouncy balls, crayons and notebooks, or gender neutral toys to hand out. If you decide to skip the food, be sure to let trick-or-treaters know that your house has allergy-free treats.
3. Make a Spooky and Healthy Breakfast for the Family
Brew up some Halloween inspired breakfast dishes, like spooky smoothie bowls using local veggies and fruits, spiderweb pancakes or Jack-o-Lantern fruit bowls. It’s a fun way to get the kiddies involved and let them play with their food – for once.
4. Host a Halloween Party
Halloween parties for the young and old are a huge part of celebrating the holiday. Even though it can be fun, it can also be full of unhealthy foods and candy galore. This year skip the big parties and host a small host party at home with homemade treats and put on your favorite scary movie. Your wallet and waistline will thank you!
5. Skip Trick-or-Treating
Skip the traditional trick or treating and grab the family and head to a local pumpkin patch. Local pumpkin patches have something for the whole family to enjoy including apple and pumpkin picking, corn maze, face painting and more. Indy with Kids put together an awesome list of the best pumpkin patches in the Indianapolis. Find it here.