Six Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Though fun, Halloween is a notoriously sugary holiday. Here are 6 tips to keep you and yours healthy this fall!

  1. Focus on family fun activities rather than sugary treats. You can go pumpkin or apple picking, navigate corn mazes, carve pumpkins, make crafts and decorations, and so much more!
  2. Sneak in an extra serving of vegetables by adding pumpkin puree to your favorite foods! Pumpkin is packed with Vitamin A, fiber, and potassium, and tastes great in oatmeal, muffins, nut butters, soups, and many other dishes.
  3. Get creative with Halloween-themed fruits and vegetables. With a bit of work and imagination, apples can transform into creepy mummies, clementines can become cute pumpkins, and carrots can turn into witchs€€ fingers! (Check these Pinterest accounts for ideas: ESMMSC, CSPI, ACDKids, MomsRising)
  4. Skip the fried, sweetened treats at festivals or markets and take advantage of fall harvests! Apples, grapes, and sweet potatoes are all in season. Nature is sweet, too!
  5. Make sure your family eats a healthy meal before heading out to trick-or-treat! This can help discourage excessive snacking. Also, keep any leftover Halloween candy stored out of sight (and out of mind!).
  6. Instead of passing out candy on Halloween, try giving out dried fruit, fruit strips, gum, stickers, bubbles, small toys, rings, etc.

Hannah is the Let’s Go! SC Project Manager at Eat Smart Move More South Carolina. She received her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining ESMMSC, Hannah was a Nutrition Policy Coordinator for the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, DC, where she coordinated national efforts to improve the nutritional quality of school foods, implement calorie labeling on menus at chain restaurants, and reduce unhealthy food marketing to kids.


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