Halloween is a time for amusingly scary costumes, candy, and fun. But it’s also essential to stay healthy on Halloween so you can enjoy the holiday without feeling tired or sick afterward. You definitely do not want to be the person who eats too much candy and gets sick on Halloween. But it happens. So, we’ve compiled tips for healthy Halloween for you:
Stock up on healthy snacks – like apples and carrots
To keep yourself from giving in to the temptation of gorging candies, stock up on healthy snacks like apples and carrots. These options are better for your teeth, too!
Bring a water bottle – to make sure you stay hydrated.
Don’t forget about staying hydrated this Halloween, either. You can purchase a reusable one or bring an empty bottle with some fresh tap water, so you have something readily available when it’s time for a drink break.
Get plenty of sleep the night before – so you’re not exhausted on Halloween.
Getting enough rest is never easy around Halloween since parties and socializing galore keep people from getting their beauty sleep in many cases.
Try to get seven hours of proper sleep the night before Halloween so you don’t feel exhausted while you’re out and about.
Wear a costume that is comfortable – and doesn’t restrict movement
Finding a Halloween costume can be fun, but it’s important to find one that will be comfortable enough for all the walking around that often comes with this holiday. Ensure there aren’t any parts or accessories on your outfit, such as buttons or zippers, which could cause discomfort over time if worn too tightly.
Restrict your candy consumption to a minimum
This is important as one can get quickly lost in all the festivities and lose track of the number of candies they have consumed, so it is better to keep your sweets to a minimum by taking only a small bag or two to four pieces a day.
Sharing is caring – and also keeps the calories at bay.
Sharing your candy is a great way to save those calories for something you will enjoy later on. There are plenty of children around you who would love some sweets as well so why not share the wealth and keep yourself from overindulging!
If your child is having a hard time adjusting to the idea of not eating all their candy in one night, try keeping it at bay by only allowing them to eat so much per day – may be just one small bag or piece each day instead of stuffing their faces with nothing but sugar for an entire month. If they want more than that, have them share it with friends!
Sugar rush – then crash.
One thing that many people let slip from their minds is how much sugar they’ll be ingesting on Halloween night, especially if they’re going trick-or-treating. Kids can go through an entire bag or more in one evening, and with all the tips listed above, it’s no wonder parents often find themselves trying to catch their breath after putting kids to bed! A better approach might be for adults (and older kids) to bring along healthy snacks like apples and carrots as a pick-me-up instead of candy.
Walk to burn it up
Trick or treat in an area where the houses are far apart rather than closely packed together. You’ll walk more and burn off some of those sweets before you even get home!
When in doubt, just skip it!!
One last thing, if something looks suspicious, don’t be afraid to skip it entirely if you’re unsure about what’s inside. While this isn’t exactly healthy either, there are plenty of other candies out there without too many questionable ingredients. Knowing what you are consuming will at least provide you with some peace.
Give treats other than candies.
It is called trick-and-treat and not trick-and-candy, so who said that you cannot spice it up a bit and give out non-traditional treats? You can do some research on what others in your area are offering. You will find that handing out things like stickers, play-doh, glow sticks or even bubbles is more than welcomed by kids!
Some tips on what else you can give that are inexpensive and just as, if not more, fun:
– balloons (their favorite color or theme)
– glow sticks and bracelets (they can wear them as they trick-and-treat around the neighborhood, great for kids who like this kind of stuff)
– jump rope (this will not restrict their candy consumption but also help them burn calories, and who knows, they just might develop a lifelong healthy habit)
If all else fails…
While it probably isn’t as fun to receive a dollar at Halloween rather than candy, it does still show appreciation for not only their costumes but also being so understanding when they come around with buckets every year asking for sugar. It is essential to teach children about community and generosity early on because this piece of Halloween culture goes beyond just one night—it’s something special within families who practice giving back to others throughout the year too.
It is festival season, so it is okay to enjoy and indulge for a while. Let your kids and yourself enjoy the treats for a couple of days, and then teach them the value of giving and sharing with the community by donating the remaining candies. This will also instill in them the true spirit of the festival of camaraderie between all and solidarity between people. This might sound heavy, but the feeling of sharing the joy will definitely make you feel light with exuberance.