Healthy Halloween Ideas

I’m not a fan of Halloween. I hate being scared, I don’t eat candy, and you don’t get a day off for it ha! My son is getting more into it though. Of course, he understands you get A LOT of candy and get to have a costume. It will be a challenge this year. I don’t mind if he has some candy. I know I won’t be able to completely keep him from it. His grandparents will make sure he gets a few pieces behind my back I’m sure. He won’t get much at home though. We have a few other ideas in store instead. We will also have some of our own special treats to enjoy without getting too many cavities or empty calories. Here’s a few ideas to try and lessen some of the candy intake for your kiddos (or yourself!):

  1. Have a Halloween Buy-Back. We have a candy basket (out of reach for the kids). When they get candy, it goes in there (any time of the year). Typically, if it is out of sight-it is out of mind; he doesn’t want it because he’s forgotten about it. Occasionally I will let him pick one piece for a treat. This year, I’m going to put all of his candy into the basket. I’m also going to have  a separate basket full of other Halloween items that he can “buy” with candy. I will tell him how many pieces of candy that item costs and we will switch. Then we will likely donate the candy or take it somewhere that we know it will get eaten. Here’s what’s in the goody basket:
    1. A Halloween movie
    2. A Halloween book
    3. Coloring pages
    4. Crayons/Markers
    5. A new board game
    6. Some cheap Halloween toys (spider rings, fangs, etc)
    7. Healthy fruit snacks
    8. Homemade Halloween cookies
    9. Homemade Halloween brownie bites
  2. Have a healthy Halloween party. We like dressing up and having parties so it is fun to have a little dress up party and serve some “spooky” but healthy Halloween foods. We did this last year also with some of our family but it would be great with just the kids too. We all decorated the house together and had snacks. We also watched movies, played games, etc. They still went trick-or-treating, just not as much as most kids. Here’s some snack ideas:
    1. Mummy pizzas (just make individual pizzas and put the toppings on to look like mummies or other Halloween characters.
    2. Snake Calzone roll – take  a pizza crust, roll it out thin, fill with toppings, then roll up lengthwise and form so it looks like a snake. Use olives or other foods to make eyes, tongue, etc.
    3. Pumpkin Dip – mix together canned pumpkin and yogurt to make a dip. Serve with some graham crackers and apple slices.
    4. Pumpkin Veggie Tray – use carrots, tomatoes, broccoli to layer on a cookie sheet in the shape of a pumpkin. Serve with your favorite dip or hummus.
    5. Easy Halloween Rice Krispies – Make traditional rice krispies, just add some orange food coloring to your marshmellows. Add some Halloween Sprinkles to your mix also.
  3. If you haven’t heard, many people are participating in the “teal pumpkin” project. Basically, you paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch to let people know that you have allergy free treats for kids. I love this idea! However, we live on a little cul-de-sac street that is probably not 1st pick for trick-or-treaters. In our very small town, there’s not too many people that have food allergies (that I know of). We’ll still have a teal pumpkin – just in case!
  4. Since I’ve started to teach PSR (Parish School of Religion) for our local Catholic parish, I’m constantly looking for ideas to illustrate the religious side of holidays to the kids. This year for Halloween, we are focusing on the “light of God”. We are coloring pumpkin pages and cutting out the eyes, nose, mouth. Then we have little paper bags, with the same holes cut out for the face. Glue the pumpkin page onto the paper bag and place a BATTERY powered tealight candle in the bag. We created a little prayer that basically asks God to help us find our inner “light” to share with others and speak God’s word. We will also be singing “This Little Light of Mine” as we light our pumpkin bags. There’s so many other similar crafts you can do but this works for a 45 minute class with 2nd graders – easy, fast, portable and flame free!

Obviously, there are so many things you can do for a fun Halloween that doesn’t involve gorging in excess sweets and junk food. Get some ideas from your kids and just have fun as a family! My son is most excited about dressing up. He’s going to be “Leonardo”, our daughter will be a bumble bee. He has requested that his dad be “Hulk” and I am to be “Wonder Woman”.. I’m not so sure about all of that but the things we will do for our children


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