Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand, but consuming too many sugary treats can be harmful to kids’ health. So how can parents keep their children from overindulging in sweets this year?
But after Halloween, parents should make sure to watch kids’ candy intake. Shelnutt recommends that parents space out the rest of the candy over days or even weeks. In addition, parents may want to explain to their kids why eating too much candy at once isn’t a good thing.
Tips for a healthier Halloween
- Consider not buying candy
- Don’t open the candy too early
- Establish limits
- Portion control
- Make candy trades by finding things your kids want more and switch out for the candy
- Don’t leave candy in plain sight
- Be mindful
- Donate extra candy
Parents can also consider buying healthier alternative treats to pass out on Halloween and have around the house during the days and weeks that follow.
Having several fun, non-candy options around can go a long way towards helping kids stay healthy. Here are a few alternative treats to consider:
- Cheddar flavored crackers
- 100% fruit snacks or leathers
- Sugar-free gum
- Animal-shaped crackers
- Mini rice cereal treat bars
- Cereal bars made with real fruit
- Individual fruit cups
- Mini 100% fruit juice boxes
- Low-fat pudding cups