The thought of all those Halloween goodies can be scary, but with a little creativity, it is possible to include some healthier options in the mix.
- Fill up your kid with a healthy meal before trick or treating, which can reduce the temptation to eat too much of the sweet stuff.
- Purchase or make a smaller collection container for your child to take around and encourage them only to take one sweet treat from each house.
- Instead of driving kids around, walk from house to house so everyone gets some exercise and you’ll also get to appreciate all the Halloween decorations more easily.
- Check all edible items carefully before letting your kid eat anything. Discard items that are beyond their sell-by date or which look questionable.
- Talk to your child beforehand and decide how many sweets they can take and eat and encourage them to think about the consequences of eating too much!
- If you have too many treats, donate them or freeze some favourites, or use them in baking.
- If you are staying at home and are handing out treats, include healthy choices like nuts or pumpkin seeds, sugar-free chewing gum, snack boxes of dried fruit and fresh juicy clementines or oranges decorated to look like Jack O’ Lanterns.