Healthier Halloween

happy-halloweenLooking for some healthier options to all the Halloween candy?

One option is to forgo trick or treating and throw your own party.  This way you can control what your child has access to and encourage healthier eating.  Our Halloween Pinterest board has some great ideas such as ghostly bananas, bewitching brooms or creepy spiders on a log.  I love these ideas and think it would be a lot of fun to have some friends over for a cute party or play date.

There’s also the idea of the “Switch Witch”.  I’m not sure who originally came up with this idea but Genevieve over at Mama Natural has a great explanation and video.  The idea is that the Switch Witch (or Candy Fairy) loves candy so much that she will trade you a toy for your candy.  The more candy you give her, the bigger the toy.

Some parents do what I’ve done in the past and just limit the amount their children are allowed or just offer them an alternative like a toy, money or something else the child would really like.

If you do limit the candy, what do you do with the leftovers?  You can freeze your candy and use it throughout the year for things like Butterfinger shakes or just to satisfy a chocolate craving.  You can also save it for decorating a gingerbread house or keep it and hand it out at your child’s birthday party or other event.  Many people take it to work and give it out.  I used to do this and it always went very fast!  One of my favorite ideas is to send it to the troops overseas.  Groups like Operation Shoebox will gladly take donations.

I’d love to hear your ideas for a healthier Halloween!  Do you let your kids indulge or do you limit them?  Please leave a comment below.

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  1. Julie Tremblay says

    We do go trick-or-treating, since the girls like the ambiance so much, and then we do a version of the Switch Witch: the Pumpkins Fairy comes during the night and takes away all the “bad” candies, leaving only a few chocolate bars and caramels, and replaces them with a few little gifts (precious stones, little figurines, knitted or felted toys, …) and some natural candies or homemade treats.

  2. Mainegirl says

    It’s only once a year, so we just put a limit on the number of houses we visit (usually around 10) and then just enjoy our once-a-year treat. If we happen to have too many, I tuck some away from treats later in the year. I think it sends the wrong message if you think it is acceptable to go trick-or-treating, but then express there’s something “bad” about it. Why go at all if you’re then going to get rid of the candy? The candy lasts a good long time, so just allow them to eat a few and save the rest for another time….or stay at home or go only to parties (or throw your own!) where you know the food will be exactly to your approved specifications.