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Candy-Free Halloween | Healthy Halloween

Halloween season is almost here and that means candy, sugar, dyes and more candy. How can we enjoy this holiday without compromising our healthy eating goals? Here are a few strategies for your family.

Pass Out Non-Food Treats for a Healthy Halloween

It is so fun to go from house to house and request treats, but it doesn’t have to be sugar that your child picks up. Here are a few non-food ideas to pass out.

  • Stickers
  • Bubbles
  • Playdough
  • Spider rings
  • Toothbrushes
  • Coins for the child’s piggy bank
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Glow sticks or necklaces
  • Bouncy balls
  • Mini nail polishes
  • Bead necklaces
  • Miniature cars, soldiers or figurines
  • Tiny bottles of water

For more information, check out the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Trick-or-Treat, but Get Rid of the Candy

Here are a few creative ideas for getting candy out of the house, without upsetting your kiddos.

  • Trade Brain Bucks for candy at home or in your local Brain Balance center.
  • Donate candy to the troops.
  • Trade treats for tricks by The Sugar Goblin.
  • Instead of eating the candy, use it to do science experiments.
  • Find a local dentist who will buy the candy back.

Other Ways to Celebrate a Candy-Free Halloween

  • Have a Halloween craft party or pumpkin decorating party that doesn’t center around candy.
  • Have an outdoor campfire (or an indoor campfire with LED candles) and tell ghost stories
  • Build a haunted house and invite friends over to walk through
  • Paint faces
  • Bob for apples
  • Have a scavenger hunt
  • Have a pumpkin carving (or pumpkin painting) contest and offer a non-food prize
  • Go skating at a local roller-rink in costume

Healthy nutrition is a big part of The Brain Balance Program! Known as The Balance 360 System, our approach to nutrition is a step-by-step system that busy parents can easily follow to manage your child’s nutrition and optimize a balanced brain. The Balance 360 System is specifically designed to help children become healthy eaters. It is not a weight loss program. It is a logical and structured system that puts nutrition on the right track.

To learn more about the Brain Balance Program and our whole-child approach, contact us online or find a center near you.

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