Healthy Halloween Tips! {Plus Giveaway}

I was able to interview nutritionist, and frequent Today Show guest, Elizabeth Somer!  With Halloween on my mind, I decided to take the opportunity to get her expert advice on what families can do to have a healthier Halloween.

Halloween party with children having fun in fancy costumes

Do you have any recipe ideas for getting kids to eat vegetables on a day when they’ll be eating loads of sugar?

Kids should be eating more vegetables every day, not just on days when they will be trick-or-treating! Kids are most likely to eat vegetables when they are pared with a familiar food. So serve baby carrots with peanut butter or lightly steam broccoli flowerets and sprinkle with grated cheese. Grate carrots into a bean burrito, puree cooked vegetables and add to soup stock, grate zucchini into spaghetti sauce, add frozen peas to canned soups.

What suggestions do you have for making a classroom Halloween party healthy?

The kids will be overdosed on junk tonight, so don’t bring it into the classroom today. Instead, serve apple slices, orange sections, and banana chunks to dunk in yogurt. Serve Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice with fun Halloween straws.

Do you have any fun and healthy ideas for things parents can hand out to trick or treaters?

Small bags of nuts, granola bars, cartons or small single serve bottles of orange juice.

How do you recommend rationing the candy they get trick or treating? Are you in the camp of eat whatever you want that day, and donating the rest? Or rationing to a few pieces a day?

Personally, I believe it doesn’t matter. It was my kids’ stash and I let them do as they will. Typically, they ate a lot that night and maybe the next day, then the bag sat in their room for weeks. I sometimes tossed a few handfuls in the garbage after about a week to reduce the load, but it went stale before it got eaten anyway. It also depends on the age of the child. A small child loses interest and it’s easy to deplete the stash with fistfuls tossed in the garbage. As a child gets older, they need to learn to self-monitor themselves in all areas of life, so I left more and more of the decision-making process up to them. But, the message is a year-around message to take care of yourself, eat well, love your body, stay fit. It’s not a one-night issue.

What would you feed your kids for dinner on Halloween night?

The same thing I’d feed them any night. Healthy foods, such as chicken breast, sweet potatoes, green peas, milk, fruit for dessert.


For more Healthy Halloween food ideas, check out my pinterest board!

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A big thank you to Tropicana for providing these coupons and this interview!  We love to put the Tropicana Pure Premium OJ in our smoothies, and have always been a fan!

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Becky says:

fun sized play-doh

Natalie says:

We gave out fruit snacks to the little ones this year.

Lindsy says:

snack size microwave popcorn bags!

Audra2girls says:

Handing out? Well, since we only have a handful of trick or treaters in our neighborhood, I wanted to make popcorn balls, but since it Halloween came a lot faster than I planned, it was bubble gum.

Susan Tang says:

Citrus is the definitely the way to go! All you need is an X-acto blade and a bag of citrus and…http://littleladieswholunch.com/post/11792385206/three-bite-caramel-apples-more-clementine

Sarah says:

I’ve also done pencils, but they don’t get the same excitement

Sarah says:

the favorite around here is temporary tattoos!

Sarah says:

stickers

Sarah says:

rubber bracelets (I love Tropicana in my smoothies too!)

Lindsy says:

my sister gave out the fake plastic fangs last Halloween and the kids loved them!

Lindsy says:

Balloons! just get a big bag of fun colors and hand out out 1 or 2 (I’m guessing these wouldn’t be any more of a choking hazard than the little candies that get handed out)

Lindsy says:

Wrap up 3-4 brand new crayons with a strip of cute Halloween-theme paper to make a great practical treat!

Lindsy says:

we had one neighbor when I was little who would hand out coins (like a quarter or a dime). We thought we had hit the jackpot 🙂

Lindsy says:

Sugar free suckers wrapped with tissue paper, add eyes and you have a better-for-you ghost treat!

Lindsy says:

Stickers! cut a full sheet into smaller pieces to hand out

Lindsy says:

someone at our ward truck or treat gave out little toy cars (like generic hot wheels). The kids loved them!

Linda says:

pretzels

Melissa W says:

Raisins or pretzels

Rita says:

coloring books

Rita says:

Kids always love toys as well so we will get little things to share like a desk of learning cards

Rita says:

Cookies made with whole wheat flour

Rita says:

Also, rice crispy treats decorated

Rita says:

I don’t give out candy but instead opt to take my kids to the church gatherings. We usually make treats to take like popcorn balls.

Sunshine says:

stickers halloween of course

Sunshine says:

rings

Sunshine says:

dollar store toys

Sunshine says:

fruit wedges (pre packaged)

Sunshine says:

fruit in a cup

Sunshine says:

organic lollipops

Sunshine says:

reduced sugar treats

Sunshine says:

bracelets

mary a. says:

I don’t usually give anything out at home since I work the church fall festival. But we give out non candy treats there and the kids seem to enjoy that more than candy.

Colleen says:

Dark Chocolate. I like sticking close to traditional candy-giving on Halloween and a little bit of good quality dark chocolate is a sweet treat with those antioxidants included! 🙂

Joanna Price says:

Roll up a cute halloween theme coloring page with a few crayons with a ribbon!

McKenzey says:

homemade mini muffins that you can sneak sweet potato in or some other fruit or veggie

McKenzey says:

The pens that look like syringes

McKenzey says:

Gogert (you could freeze them too)

McKenzey says:

You could find a local store that does yogurt and get them to let you buy coupons to redeem for a small yogurt cone.

McKenzey says:

Oriental trading has some plastic slinky toys

McKenzey says:

A magnet that is halloween

McKenzey says:

Halloween Silly bands bracelets

McKenzey says:

You could make little halloween finger puppets out of felt

McKenzey says:

Halloween pencils

McKenzey says:

Halloween Stickers

McKenzey says:

Oriental trading has halloween tattoos

McKenzey says:

Glow bracelets, or necklaces or sticks.

McKenzey says:

The old spider or bat rings

McKenzey says:

100% Fruit leather

McKenzey says:

Halloween straws

McKenzey says:

Another neighbor that was a dentist gave out toothbrushes

McKenzey says:

100% Juice boxes

McKenzey says:

One year one of our neighbors gave out small packages of trident gum.

McKenzey says:

The mini carrots that are individually packaged

McKenzey says:

You could hand out brown bag popcorn that you microwave. That way you could make it yourself and put something cute on the bag.

McKenzey says:

The sliced apples you can buy at costco in the individual bags

McKenzey says:

The mini bags of packaged popcorn

McKenzey says:

The little raisin mini boxes

How about homemade pumpkin seeds!

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Maybe Craisins!

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Frances says:

popcorn or pretzels

Kimberly says:

Glowsticks! You can get ten for $1 at Michaels – super affordable!

sherri crawford says:

mini boxes of raisins

Oliea Hashemi says:

I Just Want My Child to Be Healthy

Annesa says:

An OJ smoothie sounds great right now!

Joanna Price says:

Capri Sun’s new flavored water

Boone (Wade's best friend) says:

Oranges make good juice.

SamanthaR says:

little packages of pretzels

SamanthaR says:

spider rings

Melinda Mendy Dinsmore says:

I would give family McDonald’s $$.

Melinda Mendy Dinsmore says:

peanut butter & cracker small packs

Melinda Mendy Dinsmore says:

Character band aids

Melinda Mendy Dinsmore says:

I think stickers or sugar free gum is a good choice

Janelle says:

Pencils, little pretzel bags, or toothbrushes!! A nice break from all the sugar

Allicia says:

Halloween straws

Joanna Price says:

Crayons, always a good idea.

brandi Victory says:

We give the little ring flashlights. Kids love those, I know mine do and its like a built in safety feature (you always know where they are) they can’t help but turn them on.

Joanna Price says:

Hot wheels cars

Lindsy says:

or little bags of pretzels, like the airlines give out 🙂

Lindsy says:

the little snack bags of teddy grahams

Kelly T says:

instead of candy we gave out those popular rubbery writbands

Joanna Price says:

All natural soda

Shari says:

We like to hand out glow stick bracelets or necklaces. They add safety and they’re fun!

Kim says:

Halloween erasers.

Kim says:

Halloween Tattoos.

Joanna Price says:

the small tubs of playdoh

Lindsy says:

the mini boxes of yogurt raisins

Lindsy says:

One of the coolest things I saw someone give out were the little glow sticks. The kids loved it!

Lindsy says:

I seriously loved getting a new toothbrush at our dentist’s house each year. We complained, but I think we all loved it 🙂

Ashley Welch says:

Stencils are always fun and reusable! They will entertain kids multiple times.

Ummm how about dried fruit? Little packages of dried fruit, or trail mix!

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Courtney says:

Clementines with jack-o-lantern faces! I saw that and almost died it was so cute!

We think sugarless gum is a healthy alternative. It also helps protect the teeth for those that do indulge in some of those sugar-filled treats.

Kim says:

Silly bands. Even my nephews love them and wear them every day.

Kim says:

Halloween pencils! Always a hit with my kids.

Joanna Price says:

Clif Zbars- my boys are obsessed.

Joanna Price says:

Deck of cards

kristi rowland says:

You could give stickers. Kids love those and they are affordable.

pollyanna says:

the other things we put in the goody bags are bubbles small ones and glow in the dark sticks

pollyanna says:

We love to give away stickers my kids love them

Kim says:

The mini tubs of Playdough. My kids love getting those also.

Kim says:

Glow sticks! My kids love them and keep them even after they have lost their glow!

Joanna Price says:

Fun halloween magnets!

Brooke says:

Halloween staws and waterbottles are always a hit. Trick or treating dehydrates them all!

Joanna Price says:

Squinkies!

Tara says:

I love it when my kids get the juice boxes! The little trinkets from Oriental Trading Company sound like a good idea, too :).

Allicia says:

Fruit leather

Allicia says:

Small granola bars

Allicia says:

Giving out bouncy balls would be a fun things for kids to play with and would last at least a little bit longer than candy.

Those little bags of peanuts like you get on an airplane would be a good one!

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How about those individual sized bags of popcorn!

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Halloween Tattoos would be fun!

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One year I got a case of toothbrushes from my dentist to hand out. I told them what I wanted to do and they actually gave them to me for free! And that way the kids could eat a bunch of candy and then go home and brush those potential cavities away!

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pollyanna says:

I though about another thing that we always give way on Halloween is glow sticks to make bracelets, they love them:)

Kimberly says:

Oh – and those gosh awful vampire teeth! My kids love those!

Kimberly says:

We like pretzels or popcorn balls.

Joanna Price says:

The veggie/fruit blend of juice boxes!

Nicole says:

Mini bubbles or sticky hands (You know, those sticky hands with a tale you can whip around and stick to glass.) Stickers are a favorite too. Last year a friend did glow sticks from the dollar store.

Mary says:

coins. My 2 year old loves to put money in his “money pig” right now, and it teaches children how to save money.

Kat says:

I always buy a bunch of small toys from the dollar store. There are balls, playing cards, jacks, small dinosaurs, pencils, ect. The kids love to pick!

Vennesa says:

100% juice boxes bought in bulk at Sam’s Club.

Vennesa says:

stuff from Oriental Trading Company
ps. I think this is your best giveaway yet! I do OJ in my smoothies every day.

Emily says:

I would like to hand out pencils.

Emily C. says:

My boys LOVE temporary tattoos. The party stores have a lot of themes.

Emily C. says:

The Yummy Earth lollipops are chemical-free and non-allergenic so they might be a compromise for something sweet.

Emily C. says:

Slap bracelets are making a comeback.

Emily C. says:

Costco has small packs of Annie’s bunnies. Cute and yummy!

jessie says:

I like to give out the small Halloween bags of pretzels.

Terra Hsu says:

Our favorite place to trick or treat as kids gave out one handful of small change to each kid. Pennies & nickels mostly, but a huge deal to us!

Elizabeth says:

glow sticks 🙂

Amy says:

Jamie: ROFL!! Been there, done that! Leftover juice boxes are way less tempting 🙂

Becky says:

I might buy a large box of granola bars and let the older kids take those.

Becky says:

I bought mini play-doh containers when they were on sale last year after halloween.

Cathie says:

Oriental Trading Company has lots of non-candy, cost effective options, like sticky hands, bubbles, those clacker toys…

Cathie says:

One year, I dressed up as Santa, played Christmas music, put up lights, and handed out peppermints.

Cathie says:

Vampire teeth! I *still* love vampire teeth.

kama says:

this year i might give out those mini play-dough containers.

kama says:

last year i gave out pencils and mini tattoos.

jamie says:

oooo..those fruit leather things from Costco would be good too!

jamie says:

Last year we handed out juice boxes. I think I’ll do the same this year. That way when we have leftovers, I’m not eating mini Twix all day long 😉

Annette says:

I just hand out Halloween chotchkies. As far as the candy goes since we have food sensitivities we pick out a few items that are ok and the kids trade the rest in for a small toy or other item they’ve been wanting.

Emily G says:

I haven’t seen them in years, but when I was young we always got at least one set of the wax or plastic dracula teeth in our loot.

Emily G says:

Stickers or rub-on tatoos, kids love those!

Emily G says:

I noticed that they market/package pretzle packs for Halloween now, I think that’s a great idea.

Deann says:

http://smencils.com/ can be pretty inexpensive with a group buy!

Janalyn H. says:

This year I stocked up on School supplies (pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpners, etc.) while they were super cheap, so I am going to be handing out those.

Janalyn H. says:

I find just getting fun little Halloween prizes, like balls, stickers, pencils, erasers, etc. works great.

Dana says:

Last year we gave out pretzels and fruit roll ups (not super healthy but the kids loved them!)

Joanna Price says:

My grandpa was a dentist and always gave out toothbrushes. =)

Scott says:

We usually give out stuff like noise putty, small rubber animals/characters or Silly Bandz.

Joanna Price says:

Some of the new applesauce squeeze pouches!

chicago gym says:

Cool and excitement for children,I am willing to share for some great ideas about child happiness and it is cool.Thanks.
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pollyanna says:

we always do stickers with halloween themes my kids LOVE putting all over them and we have print out too.

Amy says:

Isn’t it crazy! My kids are obsessed with bouncy balls!

Stephanie Kjensrud says:

we have also done halloween bubbles and pencils.

Stephanie Kjensrud says:

We foound the kids loved bounce balls that were halloween themed.

sharon says:

we gave out annie’s fruit snacks and pretzel packs

Tonya R. says:

Last year we gave Halloween pencils. The kids seemed excited.

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