Halloween is fun and full of traditions and although all the candy collected is not the healthiest part; the actual act of trick-or-treating can in fact be a healthy activity. Your family walks around the neighborhood stopping at all the neighbor’s houses. It is so much fun that you don’t even think of it as exercise! One idea you can do to make the night healthier is to extend your route. If you were thinking of only visiting your own block of neighbors, expand your route and visit another neighborhood too. The week leading up to Halloween you can do some “practice runs” for the big night. This is just a way to get out and take a walk as a family after dinner and check out all the fun and festive decorations around the neighborhood.
When it comes to your kids stash of candy or the leftover trick or treating candy you wanted to give out, set up some guidelines to help your family not indulge too much in all the treats. Realistically your kids won’t be able to finish all that candy anyway, so here are some tips below for what you can do with the leftovers.
Have your kids pick out a specific number of candies they want to eat. Ration the amount they can eat each day and stretch out the consumption over time.
Donate the candy to other organizations. Dentists are usually looking to collect candy from kids. You can also donate candy to the troops in the form of care packages. Do a search to find what opportunities are available in your community.
Offer a buy back option for your kids. Ask your kids if they want to trade their candy for something else they would like even more like a toy, an outing with a parent or extra time to stay up past bedtime. Find something that motivates your kids and trade them for the candy. This way they won’t feel like you are taking their candy but that they get to make a healthier choice.
Whatever you end up doing this Halloween be sure to have fun and be safe out there! Happy Healthy Halloween from your Get Healthy Staff!