Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Halloween Tasty Tricks and Healthy Treats

Your official HKC Halloween Challenge: Help your kids think about what they’re drinking (Drink Think) while enjoying all their tricks and treats. Water is the best source of fluids to keep kids hydrated and wash down fun treats. If not water, help them pick from low-fat or fat-free milk or 100% juice. Here are a few more tasty tricks and healthy treats!

  1. Halloween Trail Mix Activity and Recipe
    The activity idea actually originated as our Breakfast GO Power trail mix activity, but with a few tweaks you can still combine fun and interactive learning with your Halloween theme! Click on the link above for the full activity. Here is the recipe.
    • 1/2 cup cereal
    • 1/2 cup pretzel sticks
    • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
    • 1/4 cup cranraisins
    • 1/4 cup peanuts
    • 1/4 cup mini-marshmallows
  2. Fit in Health on Halloween
    Did you know that by filling up on say, apples and peanut butter, right before going out trick-or-treating, then all those tempting candy treats won’t look quite so appetizing? It’s true! This is a link to our most recent parent tip sheet download (free, by the way) where you can find the simplest ideas for fitting in those ever-important fruits and veggies - yes - even on Halloween!
  3. Hand out Healthier Treats
    Halloween treats don’t have to be food! Look for inexpensive items in large quantities. Also keep an eye out for festive packaging.
    • Boxes of raisins and dried cranberries
    • Fruit cups, like applesauce, diced peaches
    • 100% fruit leather
    • Trail mix
    • Pretzels
    • Crackers
    • Popcorn
    • Mini cereal boxes

    Non-food items:

    • Plastic Spider rings
    • Bracelets
    • Small toys
    • Stickers
    • Tattoos
    • Coloring books
    • Bubbles
    • Trading cards
    • Miniature decks of playing cards
    • Party-favor size Play-Doh
    • Small change – mix pennies, nickels, and dimes
  4. Make Healthier Candy Choices! Yes, you can!
    • Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate
    • No gummy or chewy candy that likes to stick to teeth
    • Buy it as close to Halloween as possible and don’t open it until Halloween
  5. Add a Healthy Physical Activity “Treat”
    • Find 2 inexpensive witches cauldrons and fill with spooky items like plastic spiders, fake teeth and such. Line up the kids in 2 groups and place the cauldron a good distance opposite the kids. On command, the kids will run to the cauldron while the leader calls out a spooky item to find and take. After finding the item, kids run back to the line and the next person goes. The team with the first empty cauldron is the winner.
    • Prior to class, gather spooky items (see #2 above) and hide items in the school gym or a large area. Make out 2-3 scavenger lists of the items with names of class team members. Hand out the lists and lead kids to the area to "scavenge". Allow 10-15 minutes to pass. The winning team finishes the list first or has the most items after the allotted time is up.