Halloween: Nutrition Safety & Healthy Snacks

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the nutrition safety of those little trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, there are many easy things parents and kids can do to stay safe and choose healthy alternatives on the spookiest of holidays. Follow these tips, tricks, and ideas to make your Halloween safe and a bit healthier this year.

Food Allergies:

You and your child (depending on age) need to be observant when trick or treating if the child has any food allergies. Plan accordingly if any exposure would occur. Do not allow the child to eat any home-baked goods that they receive due to the possibility of contamination. Often peanuts are the number one allergy to look out for during Halloween.

Snacking:

Children should not snack on the treats from their candy bags while they are out trick or treating. Give them a light meal before heading out for the night’s festivities or pack a snack. Having a well-balanced supper will help prevent your child from indulging in candy for dinner and allows them to receive energy from healthy foods to make the journey from house to house.  Planning to eat ahead of time also reminds parents to inspect the candy and throw out anything that looks suspicious before their child consumes anything they received.

Safe Treats:

Anything that your child receives in their goodie bags that is edible needs to be commercially wrapped and reviewed by parents/guardians before they are consumed. Parents/Guardians need to inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, discoloration, tears in the wrapper, or anything that may be expired. All that do not pass the test need to be tossed. When going through the bags as well if the children are young items that may be a choking hazard can also be removed.

Remember being healthy does not mean giving up all the treats

It is all about the balance of portioning out candy with healthier and balanced foods such as fruits, vegetables, crackers, pretzels, milk, or granola bars. This can also be a great time to talk to your kids about moderation and making healthy food choices.

  • When trick-or-treating participants receive snack/fun-sized options versus the full-size item. The snack-sized candy pieces have a decreased amount of calories, fat, and sugar that offers the child a sugar fix without overdoing it.

Healthier snacks and non-food items are becoming a large Halloween trend within the United States Healthier Treats:

Who said that when handing out items on Halloween for trick or treating had to be candy?

Healthy treats and fun kid-friendly non-edible options are unique and help your house stand out. Children are excited when they receive different choices.

Healthier Treats:

  • 100% juice Box
  • 100% fruit snacks, fruit strips
  • Granola Bars, cheese, and cracker packs
  • Apples or clementines
  • Snack-sized options of popcorn, pretzels, goldfish, teddy grahams, animal crackers, Chex mix, trail mix, rice Krispy bars, etc.

Non-Edible Items:

  • Glow Sticks
  • Halloween stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Bouncy balls, fidgets, spinners
  • Bubbles
  • Bookmarks
  • Slinkys
  • Snap bracelets
  • Crayons and coloring set
  • Spider rings, vampire teeth, pumpkin bracelets
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