How to Have a Healthy Halloween

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Pumpkin Carving and Celebrations

Did you know that pumpkin is actually an excellent source of vitamin A? Can you guess how much money we spend on Halloween candy each year? And do you know why masks are a Halloween staple? (Hint: It has something to so with an ancient Celtic tradition.) Find out the answers to these questions, and get more Fun and Freaky Halloween Facts.

Parties & Festivities

Halloween is a wonderful excuse to get together with family and friends, and dressing in costume is grounds for a good laugh and a good time. Who will ever forget your favorite Republican friends dressed in Bill and Hillary Clinton masks? Or your husband masquerading as you in a bathrobe and slippers? And of course, Halloween offers a plethora of creative ideas for party food, games, and activities.

Plus, if you're hosting the party, you can make it healthy for your guests and your kids. Here are some ideas to help you put together a freaky festival of fun:

Pumpkin Carving Help

No Halloween is complete without jack-o'-lanterns. And spending the afternoon carving pumpkins is an excellent family activity. Take a special trip to your local pumpkin patch or grocery store so everyone can choose their own. Follow these pumpkin carving tips for the best results:

If you have young children, or if you don't have a good carving knife, you can skip the carving and go for these spooky stencils instead.

Have a safe and healthy Halloween!

Originally published on, with additional reporting by Stephanie Jones Wagle, August 2004.


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