Halloween marks the start of the eating season. It leads us by the candy corn straight into turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, then right on over to the Christmas cookies. If we aren't careful, Halloween can be beginning of the end of feeling good and living healthy, especially with our kids. And for that reason, it is the perfect time of year to teach our kids healthy habits.


This is it. That moment when "everything in moderation" can really be put into play and your kids just might get it. Divide their candy into what they will keep and what they will donate or toss. Talk to them about the amount of sugar in each piece of candy and how much sugar a person should have each day. Talk about how often they will get a piece of the candy — one per day perhaps — and what other healthier snacks they will have as well.

Walk, Don't Drive

If you have a choice in where you trick-or-treat, choose the one that means your kids (and you) will be walking, not driving. This will provide your family with at least an hour of exercise. You will all feel energized and it won't be from a sugar high.

Plan Your Route

Know about how many houses you will be going too so that you don't end up with way too much candy. Ten houses will likely earn your child 10-20 pieces of candy, so decide before you leave just how much candy you want them to bring home.

Hand Out Health

It's OK to be that house on the street that gives out healthy treats. Choose granola bars or popcorn bags. Kids love those just as much. 

Healthy Munching

If you're having a Halloween party, be sure to leave out some healthy munching options like carrot sticks, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes. When healthier snacks are made easily accessible to the kids (and us), we tend to eat them more willingly. It's easy, it's simple, and actually pretty tasty.

Teeth Brushing

Halloween candy can lead to cavities, making the holiday the perfect time to talk to your children about the importance of brushing their teeth. Get some new toothbrushes and floss for your children as a special Halloween treat and make their smiles shine.

Just because it's the national holiday of candy, doesn't mean Halloween has to be unhealthy. Use your imagination. Get creative. And most of all, make sure it's fun so that your kids won't even notice that they have less candy than last year.