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Trick or Treat: Balancing Halloween and Health

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Trick or Treat: Balancing Halloween and Health

Halloween can be tricky when you try to strike the right balance of letting your kiddos have fun and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But hold tight to your willpower and you’ll be glad you did. It’s not all or nothing.


Based on the nutrition facts for popular candies handed out this time of year, the average child collects 3,500-7,000 calories on Halloween night. A 100-pound child who consumes 7,000 calories would have to walk for nearly 44 hours or play full-court basketball for 14.5 hours to use up those calories. Now that’s scary!

So try these tricks to treat your kiddos:

  • Consider giving the ghouls and goblins that come to your house non-candy. Many great alternatives such as stickers, plastic rings, pencils or bubbles are often available on the same aisle at the store.

  • If you prefer to hand out something edible, try healthier options such as small oranges, fruit cups or raisins.

  • Before you set out for your trick-or-treat adventures, make sure your family fills up on a healthy meal.

  • When you head out the door, give your kiddos a reasonable sized bag to collect their treats. The fewer unhealthy treats collected, the fewer options there are to eat.

  • Include physical activity by having the kids wear a pedometer. Then, award the winner who takes the most steps that night. Kids love technology and competition.

It can be challenging to stick to your healthy routine on Halloween. But being flexible and keeping it fun can be a treat for all.

How will you curb the candy craze?