If it were only at Halloween, we wouldn't be concerned about the candy. But it's not just at Halloween. It's candy and other treats all too often -- breakfast candy (sugary cereals), liquid candy (soda), and fruit candies at lunch (fruit snacks/gummies/roll-ups).
Celebrating Halloween healthfully isn't about giving up all the treats. It's about bringing them into balance, especially since kids often have multiple celebrations: at school, at friends' houses, at after card, and in the community. And, of course, there's trick-or-treating.
There's more to Halloween than candy. There's dressing up, having fun with friends, playing games, and doing crafts. With so many celebrations throughout the year, it's important to enjoy each one without going overboard.
Savor the flavor
At parties, serve no more than one sugary/higher-fat item. Provide mostly healthier party snacks and non-food goodies.
Instead of a sit-down and eat party, get up and get moving with the following activities: ghost sack races, costume parades, pin the nose on the witch, and bobbing for apples (a game that includes a healthy snack).
Keep them spellbound
Shift children's focus away from candy to: reading and writing Halloween stories, making slime (see recipe at end), making masks out of paper plates or bats out of egg cartons, acting out short plays, running a haunted house for other classes and learning about Halloween history.
Make good food look frightfully delicious!
Use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to make sandwiches or fruit more interesting. Decorate the room, serve food with creepy plates, napkins, cups or straws, and design and fill treat bags with healthier snack foods.