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Tricks (and Treats) for a Healthier Halloween

Tricks (and Treats) For a Healthy Halloween 

There's so much to love about Halloween! (The costumes, the pumpkin patch and the brisk afternoon hayrides - we could go on forever.) But how do you walk the fine line between a sugar-induced coma, seasonal fun and being the cranky neighbor who hands out carrot sticks? We have a few ideas …

Host a Party

Invite your and your kids' nearest and dearest to join you for Halloween fun your way! You can break up the party's sugary treats with healthier fall alternatives like sliced apples, roasted pumpkin seeds and popcorn.

Take the Neighborhood by Storm

Not up for throwing a party? We get it. The cooking; the cleaning; the corralling. It can be exhausting. Get together with three or four family best friends and try a twist on a progressive party. There's all the fun of doorbell-ringing and yelling trick-or-treat, but with more fun. Do a craft, tell a spooky story, play a game or get a parent-approved treat, then move on to the next friend's home.

Encourage Little Monsters to Move

Wherever you're headed for Halloween, games are always welcome. Shift the focus to active fun with ghoulish games like these:

Plan a Parade

Show off those spectacular costumes by spreading the word to parents in advance and inviting kids in your area to join a Halloween march. Parents can sit back while the kiddos assemble and walk down the neighborhood street, through the school, or down the apartment complex's hallways at set time before the sun sets.

Scare Up a Haunted House

Inspire the tweens and teens to make their own haunted house in your backyard, basement or garage. Creating a spooky tour doesn't take a lot. Dim lighting and spooky music, combined with cardboard cut-outs and around-the-house objects set the scene for costumed young actors' imaginative performances.

Trick-or-Treat for Charity

If you want to keep the candy-factor down to a dull roar, ask your kids to pick a cause they'd like to raise money for, like a local animal shelter, a children's charity, etc. Just be sure to give friends and family a little warning. In the days of debit cards, spare change may be a little harder to find!

Other great healthy Halloween ideas? Let us know what you're doing in the comment section below:

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