Tips for a Healthier Halloween Night :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Tips for a Healthier Halloween Night

Halloween doesn’t mean handing out sweets full of empty calories!

Being healthy doesn’t mean giving up all of the treats, so remember:

  • Balance. Portion candy with other healthy alternatives such as: fruits, vegetables, crackers, pretzels, low-fat milk, granola bars.
  • Eat Dinner. Remember to feed your child a well-balanced dinner prior to trick-or-treating. This will prevent candy from substituting dinner as well as prevent overeating of treats.

Sensible Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Granola Bars
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Kudos Fruit & Nut Bar
  • 100% Juice Boxes
  • Sugarless Gum Packs
  • Frito-Lay Munchies Kid Mix
  • Packs of cheese & crackers
  • Chex Mix
  • Chocolate-covered dried fruit
  • Honey Maid Cinnamon Sticks
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Animal Crackers
  • Nutrition bars such as NutriPals or Luna

Don’t forget.... If you do decide to hand out candy on Halloween night, be sure to make more sensible choices:

  • Opt for low-fat. Choose candy such as Peppermint Patties, Three Musketeers, and Twizzlers. These all have less fat and calories than their counterparts and still taste great.
  • Size matters. Always offer fun-size or snack-size versions of candy to decrease the calories, fat and sugar content. Kids get a sugar fix without over-doing it.
  • More isn’t always better. When handing out candy, don’t give out multiple pieces or handfuls. Give out one fun-size candy bar or treat and then hand out a healthier option, such as a mini box of raisins or a pack of sugarless gum or candy.
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