Healthy Halloween Ideas

It has been such a whirlwind around here lately that I’ve barely noticed that it is almost Halloween! We haven’t even picked out costume ideas or anything… guess it’s time for this mama to get on it!

How about you? Are you ready for Halloween?

And also important… does your Halloween plan follow along with your ideals for healthy living?

I know it can be difficult (especially when you have children) to maintain your healthy diet even through this beginning of the holiday season, but with just a bit more planning it can be done (and it CAN be FUN!).

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So maybe you hand out fruit for Halloween – but what do you do with all the candy your children receive? Stay tuned below for a special idea we do with our boys!

Here are some healthy Halloween ideas for you to try out this year:

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jack o lantern oranges melon guts

fruity pumpkin facebones

I absolutely love this melon brain! Source

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And this fruit platter with dip looks great too! I would use a chcolate tofu dip I think 🙂

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And finally these witches’ fingers with dip could be great for a spooky gathering too! Skip the egg wash and use vegan mayo or even just cashews to veganize this plate 🙂

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Now for what to do with all of that candy?

In our house, the Sugar Sprite comes to visit during the night after our trick-or-treating festivities. She takes all the excess candy and leaves the boys a special gift in return. So far this has worked wonders for us on Halloween, and the boys look very much forward to the gift she leaves, with no hesitation about giving away all that candy. It helps that we haven’t let them ever actually eat candy – so they don’t really know what they are giving away. That may change this year as Jayden is getting older (and wiser), but still the story of the Sugar Sprite will help a lot!

The Story of the Sugar Sprite

“As the weather becomes colder, and Halloween draws near, the Sugar Sprite Fairy requires more sugar to keep warm than she needs in the summer months. She knows that on Halloween, thousands of children will participate in an old custom we know as trick-or-treating, going door to door to collect sugary sweets. Because of this special ritual, there will be mountains of sweet and sugary candy in abundance. This is great news for the Sugar Sprite, and exactly what she needs to feed herself and her sweet family.
On All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as most of us now call it, the children are so excited that often they get careless – as they run door to door, they drop many pieces of candy – and The Sugar Sprite and all of her helpers are there to collect there. Yes, some children do sample some candy along the way while walking around in the cold night air, and it does tend to keep them warmer and more excited to keep on going door to door!
Some lucky children, those who know of The Sugar Sprite’s existence, they place their candy at the foot of their beds (or outside the front door, etc.) before going to sleep.
During the night, the friendly Sugar Sprite comes and takes the candy – and more often than not, she leaves a wonderful gift of thanks. This is almost always a wonderful new toy, some beautiful silks and playclips or that special something the child has been wishing for (after all, a Sugar Sprite is a Fairy, which means she knows exactly what it is you have been wishing!)
Yes, the Sugar Sprite knows what all children like, but sometimes the children write letters or make pictures for the sprite about a week before Halloween so she doesn’t get confused (she has to visit a lot of children to collect enough sugar for the coming winter!) “Source

What are your favorite healthy Halloween traditions?

Lots of love,

Jenni B

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