How to Have a Healthy Halloween

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All That Candy

After a while, all those Sweet Tarts, Snickers bars, and lollipops are enough to make a person swear off Halloween forever. Certainly your heart and arteries will thank you, not to mention your dentist and your scale.

It's a good idea to eat lots of fruits and vegetables in the days and weeks before and after Halloween. And consider eliminating desserts from your family's diet -- they'll have plenty of candy to satisfy their sweet tooth. Try these healthy-eating tips too:

If you're suffering from candy overload, so are your trick-or-treaters. So this year, be the neighborhood hero and hand out apples instead of Junior Mints. After six chocolate bars, children will relish the juicy treat. Or if fruit isn't your thing, stickers and small toys can go a long way, too. Here are some more candy alternatives:

Alternative Treats

  • Halloween stickers
  • Halloween pencils
  • Halloween erasers
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Small toys
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Miniature boxes of raisins
  • Coins -- how about a new state quarter?
  • Individual packages of cheese or peanut butter crackers or pretzels
  • Boxes of fruit juice
  • Gel pens
  • Key chains
  • Squeeze-foam balls

Continued on page 4:  Pumpkin Carving and Celebrations


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