Posted on October 27, 2017 at 2:50 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids
Halloween may come just once a year, but when candy and sweet treats take center stage at our celebrations, the cumulative long-term consequences are scary.
Shift the focus of your Halloween celebration away from candy and have fun with healthy snacks, active games, and non-food prizes instead.
Healthy Halloween Snacks
Serve snacks in Halloween's trademark colors. Try cantaloupe, pumpernickel bread and low-fat cheedar cheese, for example. Or serve whole grain crackers, clementines, and low-fat mozzarella sticks. Go one step further and use Halloween themed cookie cutters to cut cheese and bread, or use a marker to draw jack-o-lantern faces on clementines and ghost faces on mozzarella sticks.
Go all orange. Make taste testing orange foods part of the fun. Cantaloupe, clementines, sweet peppers, and carrots are likely hits. (You can offer a bit of low fat dressing on the side for veggies.) Sample some mangoes, apricots, peaches, or orange tomatoes, too. Try some roasted pumpkin or butternut squash if resources allow for cooking.
Feature different varieties of fall's favorite fruit—apples. Allow students to taste test 3 or more varieties in different colors. Granny Smith (green), Fuji (red), and Yellow Delicious (yellow), for example.
Embrace the dramatic side of Halloween and offer blood oranges.
Set up a "mad scientist's lab" or "potion table" to encourage students to drink water infused with fruit flavors. For this do-it-yourself water bar, you'll need a pitcher of water, cups, and a few sliced fruits. Students might try adding an orange slice and a few blueberries to their cup of water, or an orange slice and a few halved grapes.
Get kids moving during the celebration. Obstacle courses, hula hoop contests, and extra recess are great activities for any celebration. Or try one of these Halloween themed ideas:
- Go for a walk—around the building or around the block—in costumes, or simply to spy Halloween decorations.
- Dance to Halloween classics like Monster Mash.
- Go on a themed scavenger hunt. Students can look for skeleton parts, spiders, small pumpkins and other items you've hidden (cut them from paper or pick up inexpensive plastic versions from the dollar store).
- Play Blob Tag
Prizes and giveaways
If you want kids to get a prize or giveaway to take home, choose non-food items:
Small animal or dinosaur toys
Small toy vehicles
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