Halloween is the time of year when children of all ages get excited to dress up as their favorite superheroes, cartoon characters, or as scary ghosts, witches and monsters!! Although dressing up can be quite fun, what’s even more exciting for most of these children are all the yummy treats they will receive when they knock door-to-door on Halloween night!
Children arrive home with bags of chips, candy, bars and pop drinks. Most treats are not nutritious and can be quite high in calories. So how can we make Halloween a “healthier” holiday? Many people think there is no such thing as healthy Halloween treats, and the only things to buy are “junk”. Agree, most treats on the market are not the healthiest choices, but there are treats that you can keep in mind as they can be a great alternative to pass out to your neighborhood children!
Here are some suggestions for you when shopping for this year’s Halloween treats:
– Halloween themed stickers, pencils, erasers & stamps
– Glow sticks, mini play dough & Halloween plastic rings
– 100% fruit juice, fruit cups, fruit juice freezeies & fruit snacks
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador