4 Tips for a Healthier Halloween…And Ways to Purge Leftover Candy

by ih-chi admin

Spooky sights and sweet treats come around once a year on Halloween—arguably the most favored day on the kid calendar. While it’s fun to let your child enjoy all that goes with it—trick-or-treating, staying up late, and indulging in candy—it’s the latter that may have some serious repercussions afterwards.

Too much sugar can wreak havoc on someone with food sensitivities or who is taking certain medications. For children with disorders such as ADHD, excess sugar can send them into a tailspin and exacerbate symptoms. Or for a child suffering from chronic headaches and migraines, sugar may be a painful trigger.

Here are ways to keep things in check, but still chock-full of fun, on Halloween:

1.            Serve hearty and healthy meals (lean proteins and complex carbohydrates) during the day before indulging in candy later on so that blood sugar stays steady. Think spaghetti with tomato sauce and meatballs…or if you prefer, witches’ hair and bloody eyeballs!

2.            If allowing your child to enjoy sweet treats throughout this one day, practice portion control and choose “fun” or “snack” sized candies along with tiny things like brownie “bites” or “mini” cupcakes.

3.            Make your own “candy” so that you can control the sugar amount by dipping fresh or dried fruits, mini pretzels, and animal crackers into melted dark chocolate (which is gentler on blood sugar levels than other chocolates).

4.            Encourage kids to keep moving all day long to use up their nervous energy and allow for the extra calories they will be consuming. A spirited game of zombie tag perhaps?

What should you do with leftover candy after the big day?

Let your child pick a few of their favorites to keep and enjoy. Then consider donating the rest to causes around town. Many organizations accept candy donations to create care packages for U.S. troops overseas. And some dentist offices will even buy back candy for a set price per pound.

Now that’s a sweet deal!

For additional tips on Halloween with special needs kiddos, check out one of our past blogs right here.

Happy Halloween from Child Neurology Consultants!

(Adapted from EatRight.org)