Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, sugary snacks, and happy moments spent with good friends. For the health conscious however, this time of the year may mean a test to eating habits and workout routines. Instead of avoiding Halloween altogether, here are some tips to celebrate the day without sacrificing the diet.


1. Healthy Treats

Candy is amazing. Know what’s not amazing? Muscle cramps, low energy, and dental bills. Consider mixing up the candy bowl with some of these healthier, spooky snacks while you or your family is trick or treating this year:


2. Enjoy in Moderation

Enjoying the holiday healthily doesn’t necessarily mean missing out on your favorite sugary snacks. We suggest the following ways to enjoy yourself without ruining your diet:

  • Go for “fun size” – most fun size treats are between 50-100 calories per package
  • Spread the candy out over a period of time for you and/or your family to enjoy.
  • Reiterate the importance of moderation to your family, this will help build healthy habits.
  • Eat healthier during the day to help balance out any unhealthy snacking you will be
    doing later that day


3. Non-Food Treats

If your house is a pit stop for treats this year, you can opt for this option to provide a fun alternative to sugary snacks.

  • Stickers
  • Mini water bottles
  • Pencils
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils
  • Coloring sheets
  • Flashlights
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Puzzles

Giving out Halloween themed versions can make them even more special to trick-or-treat guests!


4. Stay Active

Instead of staying inside, get out and enjoy the festivities while getting some exercise. Leave the car behind and volunteer to chaperone the kids while they walk from neighborhood to neighborhood. Make the night a fun conversation and wear pedometers to see who takes the most steps! Winner can pick the first candy to eat.

When the night is over, sort the candy by type. Label each type as an exercise. When anyone wants to enjoy a sugary snack, they have to complete the exercise first. That way, you incorporate fitness into the night and beyond!

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