Fall is my favorite time of year because it is filled with cooler weather, comfort foods and Halloween tricks and treats! This is our first Fall in Florida and while it may not be quite the same (we are searching for short sleeve Halloween costumes instead of ones we can layer under), I plan to “Bring It” as far as Halloween fun is concerned. There are so many ways to make Halloween festive without focusing on the candy, sugary treats, and trick or treating. So, I put together a few tips and tricks for you and yours to celebrate a healthier Halloween.
Tip #1: Make It About Fun and Not Only About Trick-Or-Treating And Candy
Plan fun activities throughout the month instead of focusing on trick-or-treating and candy. You can easily incorporate arts and crafts, playing dress-up and healthy, festive treats into your October routine. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make some Halloween magic.
Arts and Crafts – Add some decor to your home, and let the kids help you create Halloween Soap Dispensers. For more hands-on, creative activities, blogger Sweet Rose Studio compiled an amazing list of 45 Halloween Crafts that has something for all age levels. If that list is a little intimidating, you can always just make Monster Stones or paint pumpkins.
Healthy Snacks – This can be done in one of two ways. You can go all out or add a few twists to your usual snacks. Take it to the next level by carving your veggies and making Halloween Roasted Vegetables, or make seasonal bark. Here are 3 fun recipes I have found so far: Seeded Chocolate Bark , Yogurt Bark or Pumpkin Yogurt Bark. If you simply want to spice up your usual snacks and meals, you can serve food in festive bowls and plates. Or you can add pumpkin or ghost faces to your string cheese, fruit cups, bananas, and oranges.
Dress-Up – This is almost self-explanatory. Bring out a big basket or bag of dress-up stuff and see where your imagination takes you. You can always find used costumes and accessories at consignment stores and garage sales this time of year to begin or add to your collection.
Tip #2: Keep it Clean
Clean out your kiddos stash, pass out healthier treats such as pretzels, popcorn or fruit snacks and make sure to eat a healthy meal chocked full of veggies and protein before heading out for Halloween festivities. Need some more ideas? Here is a guide of some “cleaner” treats.
Tip #3: Remember to have fun!
Kids tend to adopt healthy attitudes about food from parents, so if you are able to maintain good boundaries for kids and demonstrate balance in your own food choices, your kids are more likely to carry those healthy attitudes and life choices through their own lives.
Have a Happy Halloween!