Halloween is a day for pumpkin carving, costumes and, of course, for candy. In October’s guest post from Gillette dietitians Karri Larson and Stephanie Campbell, here are some parenting tips for ramping up the ‘healthy’ factor in a sugar-filled holiday, from healthy halloween food to what to do with all that halloween candy. “It’s important to remember that Halloween is just one day of the year,” says Larson. “Make it fun and festive for your kids — but don’t let it become a season!”
• Let your kids choose a few favorite pieces of halloween candy, then donate the leftovers to a military organization, Meals on Wheels, a children or women’s shelter, or nursing home. Some dentist offices will even take candy.
• Offer to buy your kids’ candy if they have a hard time parting with it. Offer them $0.10 or $0.25 a piece, or another reward that will entice them.
• It’s never a good idea to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Similarly, it’s a bad idea for trick-or-treating! Send your kids off with a full stomach of good food from a well balanced meal.
• Give out Halloween candy alternatives like spooky-themed stickers, fun pencils, or pre-packaged popcorn, pretzels, or packs of gum.
• Give your kids a time limit for trick-or-treating, or allow them to trick-or-treat just in your local neighborhood.
• To take the focus off candy, play fun spooky games or watch a kid-friendly Halloween movie after trick-or-treating.
From all of us at Gillette, have a safe and happy Halloween!