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HOW TO PLAN A HEALTHY HALLOWEEN

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

Healthy and #Halloween are two words that do not usually coincide with each other. Since it’s a high season for candy, it can also be a frustrating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious #diet.


The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts total Halloween spending – including candy, costumes, and decorations – to come in at $7.4 billion this year. That 7.4 billion dollars includes 2 billion dollars for Halloween candy and 350 million dollars for pet Halloween costumes.


THE SCARY FACTS

  • Kids consume up to 7000 calories on Halloween (the same as 13 Big Macs!)

  • The average trick-or-treater consumes about three cups of sugar- equivalent to 220 sugar packets

  • Kids would need to trick or treat for 180 miles (60 hours) to burn off what they eat

  • 68 percent of candy goes in the mouths of parents

When trick-or-treaters ring your doorbell, what will you give them?

Try #nutritious, tasty foods and non-food options that promote physical activity.

Set a good example for your own children and the neighborhood kids by passing out healthy treats.

Don’t send your children out on an empty stomach. Make sure they eat a good healthy meal beforehand to reduce the urge to snack.

Clemson Cooperative Extension suggests the following healthy alternatives for snacks.


HEALTHY TRICK-OR-TREAT ALTERNATIVES

  • Mini bottles of water, snack packets of dried fruit, baked pretzels, nuts and seeds trail mix, packages of low-fat crackers with #cheese or peanut butter filling

  • Gold fisher #crackers

*fresh fruits are very nutritious but they are no longer safe options. Remember that individually wrapped items are best.


TREATS TO PROMOTE ACTIVITY BOUNCY BALL

  • Jump rope

  • Sidewalk chalk for drawing hopscotch or #foursquare game, #beanbag for the hacky sack, bubbles

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Nichole M. Tilma, CMP, is the director of membership and marketing for the Country Club of Lansing. She also serves as the executive director for the Conquest Health and Fitness Foundation. For more information visit chffoundation.com

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