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I remember when I was a kid I would trick or treat the entire night with friends and spend Halloween night and the coming weeks filling my face with my candy stash. Fast forward to today and my views on the holiday have slightly changed….okay greatly changed.

As a mom and health advocate I won’t lie, I have struggled with this holiday. We have not ever skipped celebrating Halloween but I have thought about it. But again as a mother, I feel that isn’t the right answer.  The costumes, the pumpkins, and spending a night outside in the neighborhood are some of the great things about Halloween. But how do we find balance?

Here are some ways you can enjoy a “healthier” Halloween.

  • If you are planning on buying candy, look for options that don’t include artificial ingredients.

Some of these brands include YumEarth, Justin’s, Unreal, and Annie’s.

  • Pretzels, raisins (especially for your smallest trick or treaters), and popcorn are great alternatives to candy.
  • Have some non-food items to hand out. This includes things like stickers, pencils, glow sticks, bubbles…etc. You would be surprised, many kids love these options.
  • Don’t forget that trick or treaters get thirsty. Small water bottles are great way to provide another option on Halloween night.
  • Introduce your family to the Switch Witch. She comes in the evening and takes all the remaining candy, leaving behind a small gift. http://switchwitches.com/
  • Many local dentist offices will accept candy to be sent overseas to soldiers. Consider talking with your child about donating their excess candy. http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com and https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/
  • Through your selection process of items, don’t forget the Teal Pumpkin Project. If you will have non- food items and/or foods free from common allergens you can proudly showcase the Teal Pumpkin Project sign in your window. This helps to allow all children to enjoy the holiday. Read more: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project

Now that you have the evening planned, what about other events? Check out one of my favorite recipes for Halloween. The hardest part is peeling all of the clementines.

Clementine Pumpkins

What you need:

  • Clementines
  • Celery

How to make:

  • Peel and line up as many clementines as needed
  • Slice celery stalks in half or in thirds lengthwise (depending on the size)
  • Cut slices about ½ inch in length
  • Insert the celery into the top of the clementine
  • Serve

 

We hope you all have a Happy Halloween!