Halloween doesn’t have to be the fun holiday that puts you or your child into a diabetic comma or pays for your dentist’s trip to Florida. There are plenty of healthy options when it comes to Halloween.
- Instead of focusing your excitement around cheap candy, focus your excitement on fabulous costumes and the awesomely ghouling decorations.
- Make sure you include pumpkin carving and roasting pumpkin seeds a big part of your celebration. I’d tell you how much potassium, magnesium, iron, and fiber are in pumpkin seed, but I don’t want to ruin your fun!
- Forgo candy treats and give out things like tiny boxes of raisins, fresh fruit, or cheap toys instead. You can find trinkets from places like dollar stores or the Target’s discount bin. Kids dig stickers, rub on tattoos, yo-yos, and items like colored pencils or crayons that they can be creative with.
- Create a haunted house in your yard, garage, or house and have family and friends help you scare the daylights out of visitors.
- Originally, Halloween had traditions centered around the change of season and ghosts of the dead. It is a good time to celebrate loved ones who have passed away and to think about fond memories of those you love who have passed on. Take time by yourself or share stories of loved ones who have passed with loved ones who are still in your life.
- For those of you who live in a close-knit community, ask each home to host a short game or activity, so when ghosts and ghouls arrive at their front door, they can invite them in to play a quick game. Scavenger hunts within the neighborhood are another community option or you can set up a small one in your own home or backyard.
- Consider going to your local animal shelter and adopting a black cat. Due to all the myths that surround black cats, shelters have a hard time getting black cats adopted any time of year.
- Figure out how much you would have spent on candy and give out dimes, quarters, fifty cent pieces, or even dollar bills instead.
- Create small packages of personal hygiene products and reverse trick-or-treat at your local homeless shelter. (razors, shaving cream, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss …)
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