Healthy Halloween: Don't Be Scared to Have Fun

Posted by Kyra Constam on October 31, 2017 at 2:02 PM

It’s okay to admit it: no kid likes the houses that give away healthy treats on Halloween–think apples, raisins, or carrots. However, just because you or your kid likes a sweet treat on Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy on the holiday. There are other ways to keep up with healthy habits and still enjoy the holiday. Read on to learn our tips for having a healthy, safe, and fun Halloween.

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Skip shortcuts
Some neighborhoods are smaller than others. Depending on where you live or choose to trick-or-treat, you may need to try a bit to get in more walking. Avoid any shortcuts that would get you from street to street in a shorter time. Instead, take the long way! The extra walking is good for your body and will burn more calories, so you maybe you can have an extra treat at the end of the night. If you’re taking the regular paths and still feel like you’re not moving all that much, try going around the neighborhood a few times. Once to visit all the possible houses then a few extra times to get in the exercise, and enjoy seeing all the costumes and decorations.


Find a new path
Similar to the previous suggestion, you can also switch up your typical trick-or-treat path. If possible, you can choose a neighborhood where you know you’ll be walking more. One where there are many streets or where the houses are far apart would both work well. If you’re feeling up to it, you could even do your own neighborhood and a second one! Don't forget to use GojiGo to see how far and how long you walked.


Avoid a stomach ache
It seems fairly obvious but it’s still worth noting: don’t overdo it with candy right when you get back from trick-or-treating. A pillowcase or bag full of candy can be temptation for anyone, not just kids. One way to combat this is to use a smaller container, like a small bucket or one of those plastic pumpkin containers. Otherwise, you’ll have to practice self control. Remember that the less you eat in one sitting, the longer it will last, and the more days you can enjoy your treats! Also, avoiding too much candy can avoid stomach aches and sugar crashes.


Eat healthy meals
Lastly, if you know you’re going to indulge in eating a lot of candy, the least you can do is have a healthy dinner before going out trick-or-treating. Giving yourself a healthy dinner will provide your body with the fuel to walk around for a couple hours, and ideally, satisfy you enough that you don’t come home and eat too much candy. If you’re in need of recipe inspiration, you can read about fall foods or some tips about creating a healthy meal.


Holidays are typically a time to let go and enjoy yourself. We fully support treating yourself but want to share that it’s possible to stay healthy and still have fun! This Halloween you can have your candy and eat it, too. Walk as much as you can, don’t over indulge in sweets, and keep your meals healthy. After all, the key to a healthy lifestyle is finding balance.


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Topics: tips, family fun, Holidays, Seasonal