Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and along with the ghastly ghouls, spooky spirits, and haunted houses, also comes sweets and sugar filled treats.  This year, First 5 San Diego has some tips that can help you and your child celebrate a healthier holiday:


  • Be sure you and your children eat three nutritious meals throughout the day to keep yourselves feeling satisfied all day long.  This will keep your blood sugar in check; lead to fewer cravings, and in turn, less candy consumption. 
  • Stay hydrated.  Thirst can often camouflage itself as hunger, tempting you to eat an unhealthy treat when you are just thirsty. 
  • Buy candy the day of or the day before the big night.  You don’t need to buy a big bag of treats a month before.  Buying late will help fight temptation and often you can find deals on big bags of candy because stores need to sell off their inventory. 
  • Buy candy you don’t like to eat yourself.  If you love sweet and sour but hate chocolate, buy a bunch of chocolate treats for your trick-or-treaters or vice versa.  You’re not going to eat something you don’t like just because it is there.  
  • Store your treats out of sight or in harder to reach places.  This will cut down on mindless indulging.
  • When you are heading to a Halloween party, eat something healthy at home before you go. Most Halloween parties are full of heavy food and candy.  If you are already full when you get there, it will be much easier to avoid the bad stuff.
  • Make your own Halloween treats.  This will not only benefit you and your children’s health, you will have a blast.  An example would be celery, peanut/almond butter and raisins.  You can tell the kids they are eating bugs and they will go bonkers!

At the end of the day, you will likely have candy left over, from your own purchases or from the bounty your kids have collected trick-or-treating.  Be sure to sort the candy your children have collected to ensure all of the candy is safe to eat.  From there, it is good to establish a limit on how much they can have.  Here’s an idea, let them have a couple pieces that day, but trade in the rest to the “Halloween Witch” for a prize like a Halloween book.  

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