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31 Days of {Green!} Giveaways: Day 5

by Corey

Welcome to Day #5 of our

31 days of {Green!} Giveaways

Today’s question: What are the best ways to make Halloween healthier for kids?

Today is day #5 of our month-long, trick-or-treating party for parents!

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36 Responses to “31 Days of {Green!} Giveaways: Day 5”

  1. Sarah J. Says:

    I try to make it healthier for my little one, by having her donate her candy after trick or treating to the troops overseas.

  2. Keya Millionie Says:

    Im not sure if you’re looking for a specific answer but how we make halloween healthier is better candy (vegan, allergen free, ect), choose healthy snacks for a movie night (apple slices, veggies carved into spooky shapes, a pudding made with avacado). Little changes make a big difference.

  3. Robyn Says:

    You can hand out things other than candy such as halloween themed pencils, bottles of bubbles, pack of crayons, note pads, erasers… the list is endless! Buy them cheap after halloween this year and store them for next year.

  4. Sharee Says:

    Hand out non-food items (which is safer any way considering the rise in food allergies) like pencils, erasers, markers, etc that will actually be used vs just plasticy junk that will be thrown away. We don’t use face paint (though I know there are some safer ones available they aren’t easily accessable). And we walk around neighborhoods vs drive our car.

  5. Laura Says:

    Avoid candy– and especially candy with artificial food coloring! Many kids are adversely affected by it and their parents have no idea… my daughter has meltdowns and tries to hurt herself. I’m not very excited about having to take candy away from her, so I might stop by a couple neighbors ahead of time and give them something else for her.

  6. Alea Shinn Says:

    We give the majority of it to the dentist office who collects it to send overseas. Passing out candy – you can give trick or treaters – coins, stickers, pencils, pretzels or other non-candy alternatives. =)


  7. Stephanie Says:

    We like to give out stickers, tatoos, pencils, balls, and games!

  8. Diane Y Says:

    To make Halloween healthier, I give out non-food items such as Halloween themed pencils, erasers, bookmarks etc. I know I hated to get those things instead of candy, but it was nice to have new pencils for school and some cool erasers!

  9. Cindy Cowan Says:

    We pass out Apples, and granola bars to help make Halloween more healthy!

  10. Amanda J Says:

    I like to pass out (dark chocolate) Bug Bites! If I’m going to hand-out chocolate, I’d rather hand-out an organic, fair trade chocolate as opposed snickers bars and the like. Some kids don’t like the dark chocolate, but I’ve never met a parent who turned one down!

  11. Rebecca O Says:

    For our Halloween we go to fall festivals, and apple picking/ pumpkin picking at local farms. This gives an air of nature rather than candy candy candy. We don’t do conventional trick or treating.

  12. Christopher Miranda Says:

    I don’t hand out candy, but every year my brother and I turn his house into a haunted house! It’s a lot of fun, and all the kids in the neighborhood have a great time. We thought it was better than handing out candy or items that may end up in a landfill, and it gives the kids a fun experience and something to look forward to each year.

  13. Nicole D Says:

    I love making caramel apples rolled in nuts for Halloween, because it’s fruit, AND a bit of protein!

  14. lanette C Wright Says:

    Make them run from house to house while trick or treating.

  15. Amy J. Says:

    Make the kiddos give most of the candy they receive to their parents, that way mom and dad get a treat and save them for special occasion treats. You can encourage them by buying a few cool gifts or offering a trip someplace fun in return for their treats.

  16. Tonya Rader Says:

    Offer healthy snacks/treats instead of candy.

  17. Kirsten Says:

    We realize that candy is going to be a part of her Halloween. So we try to make everything else healthier..we go to local farms and buy produce and participate in the farm activities…

  18. Robin O Says:

    It’s a good idea to substitute organic granola bars and fruit snacks for super-sugary candy, so kids don’t overload on too much of the sweet stuff on Halloween.

  19. Rachel Says:

    I limit the number of pieces my son is allowed to have each day–It stretches the candy out (we’re usually still eating it at Thanksgiving!) and allows him a treat without us having to worry about sugar overload!

  20. Sheryl Says:

    Buy candy that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup!

  21. Anne Lehnick Says:

    Just don’t let them eat a bunch of candy. That’s the simplest way.

  22. Yvette Rogers Says:

    We only wear perviously worn costumes. This helps my budget + reduces waste = a happy planet. What could be healthier?

  23. Beth Cohen Says:

    We try to focus on FUN activities and keep the actual trick-or-treating to a minimum. We make stops just to our favorite neighbors…this reduces the amount candy significantly.

  24. Dawn Burton Says:

    My favorite thing to do with my children is take them to a Fall Festival where they can play fun games and win prizes. Some of the prizes are less than healthy: candy, but I have them trade in their unhealthy “winnings” to me (to donate) for healthy treats and/or small non edible items that I know they’ll love.

  25. Michael Theroux Says:

    Simply, give them fruit

  26. Elta Says:

    the key word is ‘treat’ whatever is collected is put up and out-of-sight and reach and given once and awhile as a treat. It is one night that they get to go a little wonky ~ the other 364 days of the year (give or take) is filled with healthy yummy food.

  27. Tanja Says:

    We trade their collected candy for a non-food gift & a few allergen-free/organic candies so they don’t feel left out of the sugary traditions they are already aware of. We also pass out non-food treats to those who knock on our door.

  28. Leslie McCann Says:

    My daughter trades all her candy in for an activity: zoo, park day, etc.

  29. Heather Keane Says:

    oh …here it is…
    healthy snacks…including apples from the garden and honey or nut butter or sunflower butter…yummy… making crafts and putting on the windows…
    Eating ORGANIC…of course..

  30. Kyle Says:

    Sure, healthy snacks are great to promote healthy living choices to kids, but let’s be serious, what kid wants to get a protein bar or veggies from you on the night of Halloween? Part of being healthy is exercising. Instead of driving your kids to the next neighborhood over to stock up on all the goods on October 31st this year, walk with them over there, or better yet, bike! We could all use an extra little bit of cardio in our daily routines, and its never too early for our kids to start!

  31. Joan Says:

    Here’s one outside of the box: Give each one of your little trick or treaters a recipe for a Homemade pumpkin pie, using a real pumpkin. Not only do pumpkins have a nutritious benefit, but this idea will encourage kids to make more meals and treats from home, which tend to have less fat and less sugar in them.

  32. Miranda Johnson Says:

    Buy Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks instead of mini candy bars.


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  33. Margaret Berze Says:

    Treat and Trick…I would use re-use Halloween bag. Also, walking with no battery flash light. Use shaking flash light at evening to walk. I would advertise to everyone what’s Path Natures. Its healthy to use instead of giving candies. I would put all candies into recycle. LOL smile Give all of people Path Natures. I believe in the natures. Save our globe. If I live in a house would giving kids nature path bars for trick and treat. Or donate to food bank, red cross, troops and more.

  34. corey Says:

    Oh, wow!! What a wonderful, thoughtful, creative list of ways your families make Halloween healthier for kids & planet!! (It’s truly amazing how many options there are). From choosing healthier goodies, to walking (instead of driving)as you go door-to-door, to carrying a human-powered flashlight, and focusing on the FUN instead of the stuff – there’s something for everyone.

    Great to see what ideas resonate with you.

    Congratulations to today’s winner (as chosen by – Diane Y!!!

    Thank you for playing and sharing with us, everyone! We hope you’ll join the conversation daily through Halloween…

    XO, Corey

  35. Kimberly Chastain Says:

    trick or Treat!! give me something Good to eat!! lolololol

  36. Amber Saxby Says:

    I get to go through their candy (and keep the good stuff!) and then we put it up so they only get a few pieces a day. After a while they kinda forget about it!