My mother-in-law’s favorite holiday has always been Halloween. At her house, Halloween was a full evening event composed of a dinner party with her children’s friends, and then group trick-or-treating. She loved helping dress up her children and then handing out candy to the neighborhood. Afterward, the kids would congregate to go through their candy loot and trade for their favorites.
If you want to create similar happy Halloween memories for your children but do not want the stomach aches, mood swings, illness, and cavities that follow this one-night candy smorgasbord, try one or more of the tips below. You can create a memorable, fun, and healthier Halloween.
Have friends over for a Halloween party! With a party you can control exposure to treats, offer a satisfying, healthy meal to minimize the quantity of treats consumed while trick-or-treating, and displace some of the time spent trick-or treating with games and crafts. This makes the evening fun and memorable without amassing tons of candy. Here are some ideas for a fun and healthy party.
Our Halloween family favorite is Dinner in a Pumpkin. Some other ideas for spooky and healthy Halloween foods include:
The Switch Witch is a smart lady who comes to children’s houses on Halloween night and exchanges their masses of candy for a special toy, a gift card, or a special experience (eg., a trip to the Children’s Museum). Children leave their Halloween loot out with a letter asking the Switch Witch for the gift of their choice and in the morning, the candy is gone and a non-candy treat is in its place.
Even if you don’t host a party, you can still start Halloween night off right with a balanced meal, displace some of the trick-or-treat time with a Halloween themed craft, and limit the candy eating both along the trick-or-treat path and afterward with the Switch Witch.
With these ideas, you can create happy and healthy Halloween memories for your family. And maybe Halloween will become your favorite holiday too!