Healthy Halloween? Tips to keep your kids from eating too much candy
By Brittany Anas
We’ll just go ahead and say it: The household that passes out the toothbrushes to trick-or-treaters is no fun. They are just a smidge better than the grumps who turn off their lights and pretend like nobody is home.
So, what’s the right balance? How can you help your little goblins celebrate the holiday — without all the teeth-rotting and month-long sugar highs?
Here are a few tips to make Halloween a little bit healthier for your kids:
- Bob for apples: Before you take your kids trick or treating, have a fun little party at home. Teach them that old school ‘bobbing for apples’ game. You see where we’re going with this? Hopefully they’ll snack on their prize apples — a healthy, fiber-filled snack. Another idea: Garnish peeled clementines with a mint sprig to make them look like miniature pumpkins.
- Play ‘Switch with the Witch’: Tell your kids that when they fall asleep, they can leave some candy outside of their doors and a good witch will come by and switch it out for some small toys or games. Negotiate the exchange rate. Perhaps 12 pieces of candy translates to a new 12-pack of Crayola Markers. (And let the good witch know she can get up to 4 percent Cash Back on art supplies at Staples). Surely this good witch is friends with the Tooth Fairy — both on a mission to protect your child’s teeth.
- Set rations: Let your kids know just how much candy they can have a day. Limit the treats to 50 to 100 calories per day. That equals about 15 to 25 jelly beans, or one fun-sized candy bar, or two to four strings of licorice or three to five pieces of hard candy, according to this moderation tip sheet from the National Confectioners’ Association.
- Pass out hard candy: Candies like suckers and Gobstoppers take a long time to eat. Much longer than chocolates.
- Take the focus off of Trick-or-Treating: Sure, let your kids go trick or treating. But perhaps limit the time they can be out collecting candy to just an hour or so. For older kids, take them to a haunted house on Halloween night. For younger kids, host a carnival at home with fun games. Or, check with local farms to see if they’re hosting hayrides and mazes.
Coming tomorrow: Tips for adults who want to steer clear of the candy bowl this Halloween.
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