The month of October doesn’t have to be the start of something scary! It is when the leaves start to change vibrant colors, cooler weather settling in, and daylight starts growing shorter. Instead of focusing on the temptation of candy and sweet treats that tends to come up around this time of year, remember that the holiday’s are supposed to be fun!
Here we have put together some Halloween tricks you can try for those sweet tempting treats!
- Do something fun: Instead of handing out treats, create a new tradition with your family and go for a hayride! You could get lost in a corn maze, go to a haunted house, bowling, see a scary movie, go on a scenic drive to see the changing leaves, or go to a fun fall festival.
- Change of treats: Try handing out healthier options instead of traditional candy, such as mini boxes of raisins, fruit snack packs, mini juice boxes, mini cereal boxes, mini bags of pretzels, or cracker and cheese packs.
- Different tricks: If you want to eliminate any kind of food temptation, you can pass out toys or school supplies purchased from the dollar store!
- Get in some exercise: Take your kids trick-or-treating by walking around the neighborhood to get in more steps! Enjoy the time spent with them and take in the joy and excitement of the holiday instead of staying at home to pass out the treats.
- Leftovers can be good: Do something good with the leftover candy, treats, and foods you might have by donating them to the school or church, a charity or shelter, the food pantry, or even a share them with a senior home.
- Last minute shopping: Buy candy from the store at the last minute so it doesn’t tempt you by being out in the open a few weeks before Halloween night. Be sure to get candy that you don’t like or aren’t interested in eating as a bonus to not wanting to divulge in it.
- Dress up!: Costumes aren’t just for kids! Tap into your inner child and get creative with dressing up.
- Don’t trick yourself: Don’t try and fool yourself by thinking those “fun” size bars don’t count. They certainly do!
- Butterfinger (1 snack size): 85 calories
- Snickers (1 snack size): 80 calories
- Kit Kat (1 snack size): 60 calories
- Whoppers (1 snack size): 63 calories
- Hershey Kisses (8 pieces): 176 calories
- Milky Way (1 snack size): 80 calories
- Almond Joy (1 snack size): 80 calories
- 3 Musketeers (1 snack size): 130 calories
*Based from MyFitnessPal
There are so many fun and healthy recipes you can prepare if you plan on throwing a Halloween party! It can be fun for the kids to see the spooky creations and make it fun for them to eat as well!
- Witches Broom Cheese Snacks
- Ghost Fruit Kabobs
- Popcorn Hands
- Sweet Potato Jack-O-Lanterns
- Spider Deviled Eggs
- Witches Fingers
- Monster Mouth Apple Slices
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
However you like to spend your spooky holiday, don’t scare yourself into focusing only on the abundant amount of candy. Remember to have fun, enjoy spending the time with your kids, family and friends. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you need to follow the same traditions. You can create your own! It’s completely up to you.