Halloween is quickly approaching! Stores are now packing their selves with every treat imaginable, ET can be seen on TV trick-or-treating in a ghost costume and watching your waistline may be a challenge for health conscious individuals and their families. What to hand out to trick-or-treaters, what treats should I take for a work party, and how can I watch my waistline might be a few of the common questions challenging individuals trying to lose weight or maintain their weight this time of year. Below are a few healthier ideas for your trick-or-treaters and work parties:
Here are a few halloween treats that are good for trick-or-treaters:
- Fruit Leathers
- Individual packs of sugarless gum
- Boxed or packaged dried cranberries, raisins, or dried apricots
- Candy that is labeled as “fun size” or “mini”
- Single serving boxes of ready-to-eat cereal (Note: look for boxes with less than 10 grams of sugar)
- Lollipops or Jolly Ranchers
- 100 calorie packages of pretzels, graham crackers or Teddy Grahams
- Low-fat fig or granola bars
- Snack-sized bags of popcorn or veggie chips
- Non-food ideas: play-doh, spider rings, stickers, funny Halloween glasses, bubbles, rub-on or stick-on temporary tattoos, false teeth, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, bouncy balls, or cookie cutters
Here are a few treats for your Halloween parties:
1) Make snack-sized bags of small marshmallows to hand out to co-workers and write on the bags “ghost warts.”
2) Make a trail mix that includes 3 cups of whole grain cereal (ie Cheerios), 1 cup of candy corn, and 1 cup of unsalted nuts.
3) Carameled “Apple” Grapes. Dip individual grapes in carmel first and then dip them into crushed peanuts. This is a lot smaller than a carmel apple and still makes you feel like you are eating a treat. Want a detailed recipe check out the Menu Mom’s Caramel Dipped Grapes.
4) Witch popcorn hands. Get a non-latex plastic glove. Add a candy corn to each finger tip to give the look of a finger nail. Fill the rest of the glove with air-popped popcorn and use a black ribbon to tip the end of the plastic glove shut.
5) Make a veggie tray in the shape of a pumkin or monster. Check out Coupon Clipping Cook’s Pumpkin Head Relish Tray!
Here are more Halloween blog posts on healthy party snacks, allergies, and weight maintenance:
- 15 Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Snacks
- Horrific Healthy Halloween Snacks for Kids
- Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love
- Don’t Let Allergies Frighten You This Halloween!
- Don’t Let Your Candy Consumption Spook You This Halloween!