Healthy Halloween Traditions and Treats

Its hard to believe the end of October is upon us, but that means it time for Halloween! Ill admit, it is not my favorite holiday, its actually probably one of my least favorite holidays, but now with a little one to dress up and create traditions with, I find myself getting a little more interested in taking part in some of the craziness!

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As a kid, I remember running from house to house with my siblings, cousins and friends, collecting as many sugary treats as possible! When we would get home, we would lay all of our candy out and trade with each other for our favorites.

Trick or treating seems to have evolved over the years. “Trunk-or-Treats” where kids can go to one central, safe location and collect treats from trustworthy sources are more common, and there also seems to be more of a focus on healthier Halloween treats versus the mad dash to collect as much candy as possible. As a dietitian, I think it is great to try to reduce the amount of sugar and calories our kids (and adults- lets be honest here!) are consuming. And as a mom, I think its important to create fun traditions with your family that don’t necessarily involve collecting as much candy as possible!

Non- candy/trick or treat related Halloween traditions

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

Here in Houston, there are a variety of local farms that have pumpkin patches and other farm related fun- petting zoos, play structures etc. If you’re local, check out Dewberry Farms or Blessington Farms!

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Carving/Painting Pumpkins

In my family, we have always carved pumpkins and I look forward to continuing this tradition with my little family. Collect the seeds and roast them in the oven for a healthy snack!

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Reading Halloween books or watching Halloween movies

Kids or not, you can enjoy some together time with your family without any added calories!

Making a special Halloween meal

Start this tradition by choosing a Halloween inspired meal (check out below for a couple of suggestions) and make it every year on Halloween night.

 

Healthier Halloween inspired treats:

Frozen Boo-nana Pops

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Clementine Pumpkins

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Monster Apple Mouths

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Jack-o-lantern orange fruit cups

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Halloween Stuffed Peppers

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Halloween Sweet Potato Fries

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Talk to us: What are some of your favorite Halloween traditions?

I just saw an episode of Shark Tank with the “Switch Witch”- basically kids leave all (or most of) their candy from trick or treating on Halloween night and the Switch Witch comes and takes the candy in exchange for a gift.

Another option to get rid of some of the excess candy your kiddos may collect is to send them to our troops overseas- check out this site for more info!

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