Halloween is a fun holiday for both kids and adults, and while many plan to consume candy and/or drinks this year, a few tips can minimize the post-holiday damage to your family’s waistline.
A charitable option: Is candy really the most important thing to your kid? Make them an offer that you’ll give them $5, or some other option they’ll find appealing, but only if they give half their candy away to a homeless person the next day. That way, the kids learn a valuable lesson about charity, and get something they really want that is probably better than more candy.
Walk, don’t drive: Halloween offers a rare opportunity for the entire family to get out & walk around for hours at a time. Unless you have to drive to find a neighborhood where kids can trick-or-treat safely, try to plan a route that involves a lot of walking, and if possible, get as many friends and family in on it as you can. Taking a few detours, or strategically parking in a place that makes walking a necessity, are ideas for the fitness conscious parent.
Offer other snack choices: At the end of the night when kids return to the house determined to consume their weight in candy, having other options ready can at least provide a chance that 100% of their dinner won’t be comprised of sugar. Good choices here include any healthy appetizers, finger foods, fruits or vegetables they may eat, or basically anything that might tempt them more than their Hefty Bag full of candy. If it causes them to consume 500 calories less of sugar, it was worth the effort.
Houses, not hayrides: If your family plans on attending a haunted house, theme park, or some other Halloween-related event, plan to choose one that involves a lot of action, and keeps the family moving. While Halloween shows and hayrides are everywhere, exploring a haunted house or haunted trail burns more calories for the same creepy experience. Also, theme parks like Universal Studios often have special events on Halloween, and can result in miles of walking for your family.
Choose lighter drinks: For adults who will be hitting one or more Halloween parties this year, a few key decisions can keep your calories under control while not hurting the fun factor at all. If it makes little difference to you, try to stick with clear drinks, and avoid sugary liqueurs. A couple examples of popular light drinks include vodka and grapefruit juice, and silver tequila with lime.