3 Tips for Having a Fun Halloween While Staying Healthy
Halloween is super fun! It’s rare to meet someone who doesn’t love this day. Is it all about the candy? Yes, for some. For me it’s about the pumpkins, the costumes, the crafts, and the decorations. It’s virtually impossible to avoid candy all together, and my feelings are that you shouldn’t completely deprive yourself. Use the following strategies and ideas to have fun this Halloween while keeping overconsumption under control.
Many people who struggle with their weight start to become stressed about controlling temptations once Halloween rolls around. Here come the pumpkin cookies, cakes, chocolates, candies, and sugary candy temptations. The sugary treats start now and run all the way through the holidays.
Tip: Focus on the fun and put your energies into carving pumpkins, dressing up, parties, crafts, games, and decorations!
3 Tips for Having a Fun Halloween While Staying Healthy:
- Dress up! Whether you are trick-or-treating, passing out candy, going to a party or staying home, dress up! It’s a perfect opportunity to be whoever you want to be! I’m 48 years old and some years I wear 3 different costumes ☺️. To me dressing up is the best part of Halloween.
- Decorate! Decorating for Halloween has never been easier. One look at Pinterest and you will be inspired to get crafty with very little investment. My favorite crafts from Halloweens past are cheese cloth ghosts and dry ice carved pumpkins.
There are many ways to make cheese cloth ghosts. A few years back I made some using cheese cloth dipped into liquid starch and draped over balloons to dry. They turned out so cute we kept them stored in the attic, pulling them out each year until they got too crushed to reuse…hmmm, it may be time to make some more ghost-e-ses.
Last year was the first year we tried using dry ice. It’s so awesome! Just remember to wear gloves when handling with the dry ice. Simply put it into liquid. We put a bowl of water in our jack-o-lanterns on the porch and added chunks of dry ice. Our basic jack-o-lantern turned super spooky in one easy step.
Big caldrons are perfect as a steaming porch decoration filled with water and chunks of dry ice. I’ve seen it used at parties in drinks – be careful because it will burn your skin if you come in direct contact with it. I prefer to save it for decorations.
- Give the Candy to the Switch Witch!
- A great strategy to deal with Halloween candy is to use the “Switch Witch”. Remember that we are not trying to be super-heros with self control. If it’s there it’s going to be a temptation – “out of sight out of mind” is our motto. Decide ahead of time how many candies you will eat on Halloween day. Then decide how many you will save after sorting your loot at the end of the night. A smart and committed gal I coach knows ahead of time she will be saving 15 pieces. Her mom buys back the rest of her trick-or-treating candy. Mom then hides the 15 pieces for later. Interestingly enough, last year she didn’t even want all 15 pieces and eventually forgot about it!
Wait until the last minute to buy candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters. If you have time, make little treat bags and tie with a ribbon so you won’t be tempted to have a piece in between trick-or-treaters.
The same theory goes with cookies and cakes – best to keep them out of sight. I love baking as you Ovenhuggers know by my recipe posts. Half the fun for me is in creating. We have some and then we give the rest away to grandparents, neighbors and friends. Ultimately it’s fine to have a little as long as you are keeping your portions under control.
Hope you found these tips helpful. Be mindful, be safe, but most of all have a fun Halloween!!