A Healthy Halloween

Boo! Ah! With Halloween this weekend, it can be a scary time for parents who are concerned with how their little ones will be affecting their health! But fear not, we’ve got a few ideas to make sure that Halloween is just a scary time for the kids! There are ways to divide and ration treats so that your kids do not eat them all at once or end up hording them somewhere in their room. We also have suggestions of healthier alternatives to balance out the crazy Halloween sugar levels! Why not try some healthy, spooky Halloween recipes? And let’s not forget about the Pumpkin Parade this Sunday, November 1st!

Rationing Treats
When all of a sudden your children’s hands and trick or treat bags are over flowing with candies, it’s a good idea to ration them out so that your kids don’t eat themselves sick. You can set a number of candies that are allowed to have per day or per snack. Or maybe they can try one chocolate, one gummy, one hard candy and one random one. Or maybe your little ones need to eat three vegetables for every candy that they have! Make sure to set a rule before they go out trick or treating. Also after they have had their fill on the night of trick or treating, make sure to keep the candies out of reach and out of sight. Kid’s Health Organization also has some interesting ideas about how to ration candies, click here.

There are also tons of sweet and healthy alternatives to choose from. While fruits might seem boring or not Halloweeny enough to your kids; our recipes can help make eating healthy more fun! While chocolate bars themselves are not healthy, but cocao is. It’s the preservatives that are included in the candy bars that give your kids all those extra empty calories. Dark chocolate is not only delicious but also nutritious!

  • Great for you digestive tract
  • Daily consumption lowers blood pressure
  • Improve vascular function and cardio vascular health in general

The higher percentage of cocoa, the better! You can read more here about the benefits of dark chocolate.

Dark and Spooky Chocolate Bark!
What you will need:

  • Dark chocolate melting wafers
  • A microwave safe container
  • Raisins
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, peanuts and hazelnuts*
  • Seeds like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
    *make sure you know if your kids have any allergies to nuts before making these treats. Also these are treats for home not to be given out or shared with school friends in case of sensitivity to nut allergies.

Here are some other great dark chocolate bark recipes. But what about fruit based ones? We’ve got that covered.

Boo! Banana Ghosts!
What you will need:

  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate chips (nuts can also be used)

Directions:

  1. Take banana out of it’s skin and cut it in half.
  2. Take the dark chocolate chips (or nuts) and use them to create a face. Two eyes and one mouth. You can also get creative by using other fruits (like strawberries or apples) to make hair or ears or eyebrows!
  3. Enjoy your banana ghosts!

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Ooo! Pumpkin Oranges!
What you will need:

  • Oranges or tangerines or clementines
  • Celery

Directions:

  1. Peel your oranges.
  2. Create a little hole on one side of the orange.
  3. Cut up your celery so that it is about 1cm wide and about 5cm (can adjust size depending on the citrus fruit).
  4. Place celery sticks in the hole.
  5. Enjoy your mini pumpkin oranges!

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Ah! Apple Teeth!
What you will need:

  • Apples, any type
  • A spread like jam, peanut butter or caramel
  • Almond slivers

Directions

  1. Cut the apples into sections.
  2. Cut sections out of them (can be used for snacks or dipping). Now you have made a mouth opening.
  3. Spread jam, peanut butter or caramel on one side of the section – the floor of the mouth.
  4. Take the almond slivers and stick them into the top and bottom of the mouth. You can use the longer slivers to create fangs!
  5. And there you have it, a delicious, healthy, scary snack!

Teal Pumpkins
Halloween can be an even scarier time for kids with allergies. Will I be allowed to eat the treats from this house? Am I going to be able to get anything from trick or treating this year? The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to make sure that sensitive children are also allowed to have fun on Halloween! If a house places a teal painted pumpkin in front of their house, it means that they offer non-edible treats such as stickers, small toys, bubbles, glow sticks or pencils. This means that kids who have sever food allergies can also enjoy trick or treating with other children!

The Pumpkin Parade
But what will you do with your pumpkins after Halloween? Why, show them off in the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Parade of course! This Sunday, November 1st, from 6-9pm bring your pumpkins over to Wychwood Park just south of the splash pad, light the candle and take a look around at all the other pumpkins! In case you don’t want to bring home your pumpkin, there will be a dumpster provided by the city. Check out the event page on Facebook to RSVP and share the event.

With all these wonderful Halloween activities it’s important to stay healthy to have the energy to stay active and keep up with your kids! However, too much candy can be bad! Just make sure to give your little ones candies in moderation or substitute them for healthier and even yummier foods. We look forward to seeing all the amazing jack-o-lanterns in our neighbourhood! Happy Halloween and happy trick or treating!