Halloween has not been modernized in the last fifty years, even though children are now technology savants who have no idea what cursive is. Rather than succumbing to the belief that the only thing health and Halloween have in common is the letter h, let’s bring this holiday to the present.
Here are five ways to sneak health into Halloween, without the kiddies noticing.
1. Get gross. The only thing kids like as much as candy is a little gore. Get your kiddies interested in the kitchen by making homemade blood without using the standard corn syrup and food dye combinations. There are a ton of recipes online, including one that involves molasses, chocolate syrup and BBQ sauce. Freak ‘em out a little and then let them take that mess to the bathroom.
2. Think outside the candy box. You don’t want to be the adult who gives out toothbrushes and get an egged house later (yet another tradition that has stood the test of time). However, a recent study said that the average trick or treater collects 90 pieces of candy, much to their parents chagrin. Be a cool adult who hands out iTunes downloads, fake tattoos or glow sticks. You may just have a mom or dad mouthing “Thank you” from the street.
3. Pumpkins. Everywhere. Pumpkins are one of the richest available sources of bioavailable carotenoids, making them a superfood (and also super fun). After carving, make sure to use the discarded parts in cooking, with the kids’ help. Whether roasting the inside or gorging on the seeds, there’s a whole lot of eating potential in a small sugar pumpkin. Even the gourd itself can be used to hold soup. Or candy, if that’s how you roll.
4. Get Scared. Being scared is good for you (in moderation). It can give the kids some free cardio by making their heart rate increase, which will give the sympathetic nervous system a jolt. They’ll still need their parasympathetic moments (otherwise known as naptime) but the combination of the two can truly keep the kids in balance. So go hide behind a door already!
5. Healthy Body & Healthy Planet. There are a ton of articles out there convincing us that one brand of candy is better for us than another due to a discrepancy in saturated fat. However, over packaging and lack of ethical standards may be behind the production of some of your favourite treats. Try to think as much of the planet as your waistline. This is a great way to get kids to understand why you’re such a hippie.
You may not be able to entirely prevent the sugar high, but you can certainly shift the focus to prove that Halloween can be a lot more than stomach aches.
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