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Trick or Treat?

 pumpkinHalloween could be ghoulish and spooky, a chance to show off creativity through costumes and decorations, mixed with a good walk around the neighborhood. But instead it seems more and more to be focused on the CANDY.   Have you noticed that Halloween isn’t just one day of fun anymore? The holiday is now extended into over a week of decorations, costume parties and SUGAR.  How do your kids act with that sugar? Is it good for their stomachs, teeth or waistlines?  Here are some ideas to help you and your family have a healthy Halloween!

ghostsIf it’s a school party that you’re planning – fill gloves with popcorn, peel clementines with celery bits for sweet pumpkins, make chocolate chip & banana ghosts.  Leaf shaped whole wheat crackers with cheddar cheese  carrots and cucumber pieces to dip in ranch dressing (in a pumpkin shape), and carved fruit will all give energy without a sugar crash afterwards!

playdohFor the front porch, consider handing out glow sticks, playdoh, or other healthy alternative treats on the 31st.  And if you do go trick or treating and end up with a bag of candy tempting you and your kids to overdo it – don’t forget that the Switch Witch can help decrease the cavities and stomach aches.  She comes after the trick-or-treaters have fallen asleep and trades the bag of cavity-producing calories for a special toy.  It takes planning (especially because if parents eat the candy – the family is not any healthier!)  We suggest that you talk to your kids about your plan. Don’t be like Marge Simpson: Don’t greet your kids at the door dressed like a witch, gleefully snatching all their candy and replacing it with plain brown toothbrushes, unflavored dental floss, and fun-size mouthwashes.  This isn’t about taking all the fun out of Halloween. On the contrary, it’s about helping kids to understand that fun doesn’t have to mean food.” So go trick or treating – but keep the focus on the fun – not the corn syrup! Go here for more healthy Halloween ideas!

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