A Healthier Halloween: Dealing with Candy
It’s finally Halloween – You’ve coordinated schedules, got the kids into their costumes, and have even managed to mentally prepare yourself to carry the loaded-down bags they will undoubtedly not want to carry by the end of the night. But there are still two question left… how are you going to deal with the candy your child gets that’s not safe for him or her and what if there’s not an ingredient list on the wrapper? Our last two tips to a safer and healthier Halloween deal with just that!
Missed the first eight tips? It’s not too late to go back and read them!
- Fun Size Candy – The importance of reading labels
- Review and Ration the Bounty – Checking candy while trick or treating
9. Fun Sized Candy:
Remember that companies can get away with not posting nutrition labels on mini size items that come in a larger pack. You often won’t see allergen statements on fun-size candy bars or suckers purchased in bulk or mixed packs. It is better to be safe than sorry, so don’t assume something is safe until you have verified it. There are even reports that fun size candies are made in different facilities than the regular sizes, so ingredients can vary.
10. Review the Bounty:
Make sure to snag the booty before it’s too late! This way you can review what may make the cut and what does not. As you tag along during trick-or-treating, you’ll all have more fun if you ask, “Ooh, what did you get from that house?” instead of a ghoulish “No! You can’t eat that!” Many kids will want to munch during trick-or-treating, so be mindful that your kids are either checking labels themselves (knowing the pitfalls of fun sizes and labeling) or are having you review choices before they dig in. Once you get back home, make a donate pile and a keep pile (but discuss ahead of time, so they are on board with the plan)!
Recipes – Upgrade from Candy:
As mentioned Part Two, while you can find lists of candy that tends to be allergen free, we are big supporters of exchanging candy for healthier options whenever possible. Consider having your child join you in the kitchen to make your own safe treats and form new traditions in the process. Here are some fun options to try, but as always, scan the ingredients to make sure they are safe and/or to make substitutions:
- Monster Chicken Fingers
- Pumpkin Shake
- Bride of Frankenstein Dip
- Monster Pancakes
- Pumpkin Fudge
We hope your child has fun and that these tips help you navigate the goblins and witches of Halloween!