Alternatives Trick or Treating – Healthy Style
You should not feel like you need to avoid Halloween to avoid eating too much candy. But, you also should not feel like you HAVE to eat candy or let your kids eat candy. There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate without overdoing it on sweets. Here are three alternatives to Trick or Treating:
Host a Healthy Alternatives Halloween Party.
Trick or Treating is great, but you can have just as much fun with a party at home. Invite people to bring their own healthy dishes or appetizers for everyone to enjoy. It takes away the problem of too many treats and the sometimes uncomfortable feeling of accepting candy from strangers.
Offer a Trick or Treat Exchange.
This is basically trick or treating without the candy. Let your kids have in on the fun of trick or treating, but offer toys or other goodies to them in exchange for the candy. For example, a toy car could be worth 10 pieces of candy, and a puzzle may be worth 7 pieces of candy.
What to do with all those sweets? Keep them for later, or donate them to a good cause like Operation Shoebox ( http://operationshoebox.com/how-you-can-help/candy-donations/), which puts together care packages for our soldiers serving overseas.
Embrace other Halloween Traditions.
Halloween isn’t just about candy. Make your own special tradition. Go to a Haunted House, or check your local movie theater for scary movie marathons. Find a local corn maze, pick your own pumpkin patches, wagon rides, pumpkin carving contests, fall harvest parties all over the Fox Valley. There are some with costumes optional so it is not scary for little ones. There is a Children’s Hospital Halloween Costume Fund Raiser at Waverly Beach on October 30 for adults. Find an alternative that works for your family. If you don’t find what you like, don’t be afraid to come up with something of your own!