Bariatrics

Tricks and treats to have a Healthy Halloween

Here is a quick checklist to ensure your seasonal treats and toys deliver a healthy dose of fun kids and adults can each enjoy!

10/7/2021

According to the National Retail Federation, consumer spending on Halloween-related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion this year — up from $8.05 billion in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you may think about ways to make your Halloween celebrations both fun and healthy.

Here is a quick checklist from Alexandra Nichols, a Nuvance Health bariatric registered dietitian, the American Heart Society and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to ensure your seasonal treats and toys deliver a healthy dose of fun kids and adults can each enjoy!

Healthy Treat Alternatives

  • Individual 100 percent fruit cups – in water or its own juice
  • Popcorn
  • Whole wheat pretzels
  • Graham crackers
  • 100 percent real fruit strips

Candy/Food Alternatives

  • Jelly bracelets
  • Fake teeth or wax fangs
  • Jump ropes
  • Stickers and stamps
  • Bubbles
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Erasers, coloring pencils and crayons
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Small Halloween-themed notebooks
  • Noise makers and whistles
  • Glow Sticks
  • Bouncy balls
  • Slime, putty or squishy toys

Seasonal Activities

  • Scavenger or treasure hunts
  • Walk through a corn maze
  • Pumpkin carving or painting contest
  • Visit an apple orchard or pumpkin field
  • Dance
  • Relay races
  • Host a haunted house

Alexandra Nichols is a bariatric registered dietitian at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, NY, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Learn more about Nuvance Health’s bariatric and metabolic weight-loss programs
here.