The season for pumpkin carving, candy and costumes is almost here. But getting in the spirit of Halloween doesn’t mean you should abandon your healthy habits. Since Halloween marks the start of a potentially indulgent holiday season, now is the time to take care of your body and make choices you can feel good about.
Here are 10 tips for having a safe and healthy Halloween with your family:
Eat a healthy dinner
Don’t wait to fill up on candy later—instead, treat your body to a day of healthy eating to help fuel up for trick-or-treating and reduce sugar cravings.
Plan to walk
If you don’t live in a walking-friendly neighborhood suitable to trick-or-treating, find a local spot where you can go and get in some movement between taking your children door-to-door.
Make your costume safe
In addition to sticking to sidewalks when possible and following safety tips for walking on streets, add an extra layer of safety to you or your child’s costume with reflective tape so drivers can see you.
Skip homemade treats
Play it safe by only consuming factory-wrapped treats and skipping anything homemade, especially if you don’t know the person who made it.
Take caution with germs
Halloween falls right at the beginning of flu season, so don’t be afraid to trick or treat with a small bottle of hand sanitizer and avoid eating any of the collected candy until you can get home and wash your hands first.
Trick-or-treating is safest in groups with at least one parent or guardian chaperoning. Make sure your entire group walks together and don’t leave anyone behind.
Play it safe after dark
Bring along a flashlight for after-dark trick-or-treating and avoid going up to any house that doesn’t have a porch light on.
Limit the sugar
Rather than keeping a big bowl of candy in easy reach, pick out a piece or two to have each day for a week and then pack up the rest to donate, freeze for later (like M&Ms for holiday baking!) or donate to a cause that gives the candy away.
Pair a piece of candy with a healthy snack
If you or your child wants a piece of candy for a snack, try to pair it with something of nutritional value that will help curb appetites, like a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus, or a handful of almonds.
Avoid after-Halloween deals
Although there will be deep discounts on candy in your grocery store after Halloween, avoid the temptation to stock up. There will be lots of reasons to indulge over the next few months and you’ll be glad you limited your sugar intake.
Tell us in the comments below: What are your strategies for having a happy and healthy Halloween?
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