Halloween might just be my favorite holiday. All of the excitement surrounding costumes, decorations and chocolate goodies makes my heart sing! Although I don’t go trick-or-treating anymore, I do still love to hand out treats at my door…here are some tips for you at home:
Non-food treats: Create a safe environment by handing out glow-sticks, stickers, toothbrushes, fancy pencil toppers, bookmarks and coloring books.
Handling candy at home
- Keep candy in a location only accessible to you. Consider giving away the candy or disposing of it after a few days.
- Inventory the Halloween treats for forbidden and safe treats; allow a few pieces on Halloween night.
- Give one piece of candy along with a healthy food such as fresh fruit or at the conclusion of a healthy lunch or dinner.
- Always brush your teeth after eating candy – perhaps there is a new toothbrush in your Halloween bag!
Having a Halloween party?
This is a great opportunity to offer better-for-you Halloween treats parents and kids can enjoy together.
- Veggie and cheese kabobs – garnish serving tray with plastic spiders, bugs, and bats!
- Pick up mini Halloween candy bags and fill with home-made trail mix. Combine dried fruits such cranberries, apricots & raisins with granola and dark chocolate pieces.
- Invite your guests to make their own chocolate covered apples and dip in pecan pieces, coconut, or cereal.
- Bake quick breads such as zucchini and banana bread – add apples, pears or dried fruits for extra sweetness and nutrients.
- Incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables such as pumpkin and apples. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, baked apples, apple cider are all popular choices.
Party activity ideas: decorating pumpkins, dunking for apples, costume contest, pin the heart on the scarecrow, face painting and decorating cookies or cupcakes.
Surprise your family with these dressed-up, spooky-looking snacks any time of year. Kids can help by spooning the pizza sauce on the English muffin and making the mummy face with the cheese and vegetables.
- Whole wheat English muffins, split
- Pizza sauce
- Black olives, sliced
- Scallions, sliced
- Cheese sticks or slices cut into thin strips
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin
- Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slice of scallion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.
- Lay strips of cheese across the muffin for the mummy’s wrappings.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and muffin is toasty.
- Quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth.
- If you’re not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning.