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Happy Healthier Halloween!

Who in the world doesn’t love Halloween? All of those adorable little ghosts, witches and princesses running around on a sugar high… I loved trick or treating with my kids, and one of the first signs that they’re growing up is when they don’t need want you to come along with them anymore 🙁 .  Well, Halloween night may be all about scary costumes and the kids, but the leftover candy that sits around the house sometimes for weeks – that can be the scariest thing of all for adults. I’ll put money on it that I’m not the only parent who has snuck a few pieces each day from each child’s stash until it dwindles down to nothing.  Yes, I always thought I was mom of the year saving my kids from cavities and unhealthy sugar calories.

Well, newsflash, it’s not that great for adults either. In fact, Halloween is considered the unofficial start of the holiday overeating season. It’s pretty much a battle from this week until January. Don’t be frightened, I’ve got you covered with a few ideas to help make those Halloween parties just a little bit healthier, and how to handle the leftover candy conundrum without letting it go to waist waste.

Make sure you have lots of healthier but still festive options at your Halloween party, and for visitors throughout the night.


 

The Kitchn

The Kitchn

 

Natural Noshing

 

The NY Melrose Family

The NY Melrose Family

 

Space Ships and Laser Beams

Space Ships and Laser Beams

 

 

If you’ve got lots of leftover candy, try to use them up by combining them with a few healthier ingredients.

Like apples and yogurt…

Snicker Apple Salad|The Red Apron Girl

Snicker Apple Salad|The Red Apron Girl

 

 

Or Oatmeal…

Cinnamon Oatmeal Monster Cookies|Teaspoon of Spice

Cinnamon Oatmeal Monster Cookies|Teaspoon of Spice

 

Or Popcorn…

Vegan Candy Bar Caramel Popcorn|Fork and Bean

 

 

Or add nuts and dried fruit and make trail mix…

Parenting.com

Parenting.com

 

How about if you donate it?

While I don’t love the idea of bringing it to work, school or the senior center to away extra Halloween candy, I do think it’s nice to donate it to our soldiers overseas.  Groups like Operation Gratitude  will collect leftover candy and send it off to our troops in their Trick or Treat for Troops Halloween campaign.  Love that!

 

Or – if you know someone with a birthday coming up, pack leftover candy into a piñata and bring it to the party!

 

Or… Make a grown up treat – drop a few pieces into a jar of vodka and let it sit for a bit for a chocolate (or how about skittles or candy corn?) flavored vodka martini.

 

 

Or, when all else fails, recycle it and get a jump on your holiday baking – just be sure you store it in the waaaay back of your freezer so it’s still there for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

 

Reeses Peanut Butter Bark|Chocolate Chocolate and More

Reeses Peanut Butter Bark|Chocolate Chocolate and More

 

Candy Bar Brownies|Miss in the Kitchen

Candy Bar Brownies|Miss in the Kitchen

 

Are you trick or treating this year?  What are you going to do with all of your leftovers?

Eat well!

4 Responses to “Happy Healthier Halloween!”

  1. I’ve been looking for healthier Halloween ideas for a while, so glad I saw this! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  2. GiGi Eats says:

    I am all about just opening a can of pumpkin and DIGGING IN! ha ha!

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