As Halloween approaches, so do a great deal of unhealthy holiday treats that companies use to psych up already excited children, teens and adults. Yet, as we all know, you don’t need to gorge on king size Reese’s pumpkins or pumpkin beer to have a great All Hallow’s Eve. Below are some healthy and fun recommendations to make sure that you don’t wake up as a zombie covered in candy wrappers and surrounded by empty beer bottles.
1) Ditch the alcohol for other healthy seasonal drinks: Getting loaded on free orange and black jello shots or pumpkin beer is going to add way too much sugar to a diet where you’re already going to be surrounded by Halloween treats and candy. Instead of focusing on alcohol, why not give a stronger focus to the flavors of the season? Make yourself a warm homemade pumpkin chai with soy or almond milk; you could even make some hot apple cider. If you want to make a drink that goes with your costume, how about a cool pumpkin juice with a kick-ass Hogwarts costume? Never gets old, and you’ll be adding even more realism to an already great costume!
2) Make your own healthy themed treats: Candies and sweets loaded with both real and artificial sugars are not going to help you stay up enjoying the entire evening (read more about the effects of sugar here). Instead of simply focusing on all of the treats that are dedicated to the holiday, maybe make some healthier treats, especially if you’re hosting a Halloween party. There are a ton of food combinations that you can utilize to make Halloween treats, such as these banana ghosts, pretzel broomsticks, or even mummy toast. Look up more recipes on Pinterest for more ideas! If you’re still interested in some healthier candy, check out this link from Love With Food for natural and organic sweets that everyone will love.
3) Dance like there’s no tomorrow: Sure, you’re not going to be pumping iron or pushing out some crunches at the Halloween party you’re attending (and you probably shouldn’t unless it really goes with your costume). However, dancing to the Monster Mash and all those other smashing graveyard tunes will definitely help you stay healthy during the holiday. According to Fitness Blunder, the amount of calories varies between dance types, but you could possibly burn about 250 calories (remember, we also need to take into account your specific height and weight) from an hour of dancing. So get those Halloween jams bumping!
4) Play Halloween games: Walking around your neighborhood trick or treating does burn calories, but how about adding in some Halloween games as well? Race someone in bobbing for apples, have a zombie tag in your backyard or at the nearby park, and have a Halloween scavenger hunt. The calories you burn may even warrant a small treat at the finish line! Check out other fun games at Family Education and Martha Stewart for more ideas!
5) DON’T shame yourself or others for their costumes or celebrations!: Remember, in the end, Halloween is one night out of the year. It’s a great night, a night we should all enjoy, but it’s not a time to completely let loose. However, we must also remember that, just because we may be attempting to be slightly healthier during this holiday in comparison with the general Halloween mentality, we shouldn’t be shaming anyone in terms of how they choose to celebrate. Also, never wear this costume—seriously, whoever decided this was a good idea is beyond ridiculous.
Have a fantastic October 31st everyone, and don’t stay out too late to get chased by spirits!