Halloween is an entire season of the year to have fun and enjoy amazing moments with friends and family. During this time, the air gets colder, the pumpkins start smiling, and things can get a little spooky.
Halloween is filled with parties and sweet treats, so we thought you may be wondering how to navigate it smartly and healthily. Below are some tips on ways to indulge this Halloween!
Balance It Up
What we eat daily has the greatest impact on our health. Whether it's for yourself, friends and family, or guests, whenever you plan to celebrate this Halloween, instead of making candy, chocolates, and sweet treats off-limits on those days, you can just serve a healthy snack or a balanced meal containing nice fruits and veggies before bringing out the candy and other treats. Everything can be offered in smaller portions. You can add homemade muffins, cupcakes, and cookies too so that you have a say over the ingredients. Instead of leaving treats out on the table, you can find a creative way to serve them in small portions.
Eating smart is a good way to enjoy Halloween, and getting active will make it even more fun. When your Halloween party has less food and more activities, the focus stays on having fun and interacting with the people around you.
As a family, if you’re trick or treating, make sure to walk from house to house. Set a goal of how many streets and houses you will visit.
If you have a large family, or you’ve brought friends along with you, you can all split into groups or teams and turn into a game. It’s a great way to sneak some exercise into the plan.
Games To Try Out With the Kids
- Ring toss using a witch’s pointed hat
- Bobbing for apples
- Pin the tail on the black cat
- Play monster game or zombie tag
- Twisting the egg-on-a-spoon relay race by painting the ping pong ball to look exactly like an eyeball
Other popular ideas for family fun and kid parties are throwing a monster dance party, playing Halloween charades, and having a costume parade.
Games for the Adults
- Mummy wrap race
- Jack-O-Lantern carving
- Bobbing for apples
- Horror movie trivia
- Costume contest
- Themed scavenger hunt
Unsweet Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
A good way to cut down on candy is to give out non-edible treats so that you won’t get tempted with leftovers! Plus, you will be adding something different to the kids’ collection. Some unsweet treats for your trick-or-treaters this year can look like:
- Halloween stickers
- Halloween themed pencils, erasers, and notepads
- Glow sticks
- Glow-in-the-dark toys
Check Your Treats
A lot of people don’t pay much attention to it, but it’s important to check the expiry dates of treats before consuming them or allowing kids to eat them. Take time to check the labels and not eat or give your kids back anything without an expiry date or that’s expired, or that has questionable ingredients- be aware of allergens!
To be sure your dental health is in check while enjoying candy and chocolates, drink water as often as possible to rinse your teeth.
Nutritious and Kid-Approved
Here’s a selection of kid-friendly options to serve your kids, trick-or-treaters, or serve up at the kids’ party:
This can be made easier with nice green apples and other healthy ingredients. All you have to do is slice a green apple and smear some peanut butter on one side of a slice (this forms the bottom lip of the mouth). Then, add yogurt-covered raisins to the peanut butter. Smear some peanut butter on another apple slice and place it at the top of the raisins to form the top lip and you have your healthy monster teeth ready.
This isn’t hard to do. Just make deviled eggs. On the top, place an olive in the center to form the spider’s body. After that, put a few slices of olives around the outer edge of the egg to form the spider legs and there you have it!
Get some bananas and cut them in half. After that, place a stick at the end for the handle. Just at the tip of the banana, add two chocolate chips as the eyes and serve frozen or cold. Kids love this!
Cheesy Ghost Sticks
The first things to get are individually wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks. Then, get a sharpie and make black dots for the eyes. Also, do the same to form an open dark mouth. These will make a great trick-or-treat snack.
For yo-yo graveyard, scoop some non-fat Greek yogurt into cups. Then, crumble some chocolate cookies on top (make sure it’s a thin layer to cover the top) to form the dirt. For the tombstones, write “Boo” on graham crackers and place it in each yogurt cup and you are done! You can use food coloring pens or icing to do this.
To make this, you’ll need to peel mandarins, cuties, or some clementines. After peeling, place a stick of celery at the top of each mandarin to form the pumpkin stem and you’re good to go.
We can’t forget there's a kid inside us all! Some healthier things to serve up for the adults are:
Creepy Halloween Party Punch
INGREDIENTS: 12 cups diet or sugar-free cranberry juice cocktail, 3 cups diet ginger ale, 2 cups sugar-free lemonade, and 2 cups vodka of your choice.
Get it all mixed up and chilled in a wide, clear bowl, and top it off with some icy hands made from powder-free latex gloves that have been rinsed, filled, frozen, and then peeled away from the ice.
Freshly Roasted Pecans, Peanuts, and Chestnuts
Use an oven or even a small open fire to roast seasonal favorites of nuts. Just place it on a pan or baking sheet and wait until you see the nuts turn a little shiny, revealing the natural oil. The aroma will be strong and fragrant. Then, it’s time to take off the heat and eat.
Homemade Pita Chips and Dip
Cut up some soft pitas into triangles or small squares and throw them into a bowl with a little olive oil, then toss. Place on a baking sheet at 180c for 5-8 minutes, or until they are brown. Leave on the baking sheet until cooled. Pair it with your favorite recipe of homemade bean dip, hummus, and fresh salsa.
Halloween is all about making memories and having fun with people you love. Enjoy your Halloween using the tips above!