Your kids will love healthy alternatives to Halloween candy if you make them frightfully good. We’ve gathered together some ideas for healthy holiday food and celebrations that are low on sugar but still a lot of fun.
Healthy Foods to Substitute for Traditional Halloween Candy:
Make your own sinister snacks.
Kids love gross things. Use cookie cutters to design homemade cookies in shapes like ghosts and bats. Bake gingerbread zombies with missing limbs. You can adjust the conventional recipes to lower the sugar and substitute wholegrain flour for half the white flour.
Kids will also love to eat fruit and vegetables if you arrange them right. Peel grapes so that they look like eyeballs. Make a skeleton shape out of carrot sticks and sliced vegetables.
Try sugar-free or organic candy and gum
If you want to serve candy, try sugar-free or organic brands. Read the labels to check on any chemicals you want to avoid and to find out how much sugar they contain. Sugar-free gum is especially good to help keep dental plaque from forming if your kids eat any sugary candy. It stimulates saliva and can help fight tooth decay.
Hand out healthier foods
There are lots of nutritious foods you can hand out for trick or treating or at parties. Focus on sturdy fruits and vegetables like baby carrots, raisins, apples, oranges or bananas. Try pre-packaged cheese sticks or make your own packets of nuts. It’s always worth checking with parents about allergies before handing out foods like nuts. Beware of cereal bars that may have as much sugar and fat as traditional candy.
Serve hot chocolate or juice
Water is the best way to quench your kid’s thrust but controlled portions of other liquids can also be reasonable choices. Small servings of hot chocolate will provide some warmth if the weather has already turned cold. Individual juice cartons with straws will provide hydration and vitamins while keeping sugary drinks from sticking to your kid’s teeth.
Other Healthy Halloween Festivities and Ideas:
Consider alternatives to trick or treating
More and more parents are choosing healthy and safe alternatives to trick or treating. These are some party ideas that switch the focus away from the candy.
Have a costume parade
Dressing up is a huge part of Halloween. Let the kids show off their costumes. Think of creative categories so that everyone gets a prize. You could honour the best princess costume based on a movie and the princess with the prettiest shoes.
Tell scary stories in a haunted house
Halloween is supposed to be spooky. Turn a room in your home into a dungeon or your garden into a cemetery. Practice some ghost stories or encourage the group to make up their own. Use appropriate sound effects and props to enhance the scary parts.
Indulge your creative side
There are all kinds of Halloween crafts you can enjoy with your kids. There are many websites online to find free craft ideas. You could decorate pumpkins, make scarecrows or do some face painting.
Hand out non-food treats
Whether you trick or treat or throw a party, you can hand out treats other the candy. Give children stickers, pencil toppers or small novelty toys. Just make sure there are no choking hazards for very young kids.
There are healthy alternatives to Halloween candy that will keep your kids happy. Make this Halloween good and scary for you and your family.