3 Tips on Throwing a Festive and Healthy Halloween Party

October 2, 2014

in Lifestyle

3 Tips on Throwing a Festive and Healthy Halloween Party

When I was a little girl, I looked forward to Halloween almost as much as my birthday and Christmas. While I loved dressing up as a witch or kitty and heading out trick-or-treating with my friends, I especially loved the piles of M&Ms, candy corn and Tootsie Pops that I would collect and consume during the night.

In an effort to make sure that I didn’t spin away on a sugar rush, my mom—bless her heart—insisted that I eat dinner before heading out to trick-or-treat. Every year, the menu included a shredded carrot and raisin salad—the colors of Halloween—that just didn’t do it for me. While I could down a quick cheeseburger before hitting the sidewalks, the carrot and raisin concoction was always left uneaten.

Now that I’m a mom, I totally get the desire to keep Halloween at least partially healthy. I also try to get my boys to eat a good dinner before heading out, and if I’m part of any party planning for school or home gatherings, I’ve found that there are fun and festive ways to add healthy foods to the mix that kids will actually eat. For example, the following three tips can help make Halloween a healthy and happy night for the kiddos:

Spooky Snacks

If you are throwing a Halloween party for the neighborhood kids or if your child’s homeroom teacher allows homemade food items for the class party, there are a variety of festive snacks that are also tasty and appealing to kids. For example, Spoonful features a Black Bean Cat Crudité recipe that features a bowl of black bean dip shaped like a cat’s head, combined with a skeleton body made from carrot sticks and other fresh veggies. Another option is the Carrot-Finger Food, which is sure to be a hit. Simply add thin slices of almond “fingernails” to the tops of carrot stick “fingers” and stand them up inside the bowl of dip.

Another great way to sneak some veggies into your kids’ Halloween parties is to make the veggies look like candy—literally. As Parents notes, you can make a giant “candy corn” out of slices of yellow bell pepper, small carrot sticks and cauliflower florets arranged on a large platter. Serve the veggies with hummus or another dip—just hollow out a small pumpkin and put the dip inside.

Mysterious Meals

While the classic dish of hot dogs wrapped in crescent dough mummies are always popular with kids on Halloween, the Kraft website features a plethora of other terrific menu ideas for Halloween. For families who love Mexican food, the Spooky Eyeball Tacos are tasty and festive—after making the tacos, use sour cream to attach two olive slice “eyeballs” to the top of each one . . . or add in a third or fourth olive to make alien tacos.

Ghoulish Games

One of the best ways to keep a Halloween-themed party healthy is to get the kids up and moving—and not just sitting around trading and eating candy. As Better Homes and Gardens notes, buy a CD with classic Halloween tunes like “Monster Mash,” and have a dance contest, or play hide and seek in the dark with flashlights—just be sure to watch out for the little ones. A Halloween scavenger hunt also is a great way to get kids up and moving either before or after trick-or-treating.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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