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Ghoulishly great ideas for parties

October 15, 2012
Paula Strawder , movparent

If it were only at Halloween, we wouldn't be concerned about the candy. But it's not just at Halloween. It's candy and other treats all too often- breakfast candy (sugary cereals), liquid candy (soda) and fruit candies at lunch (fruit snacks/gummies & roll-ups).

Celebrating Halloween healthfully isn't about giving up all the treats. It's about bringing them into balance, especially since kids often have multiple celebrations: at school, at friends' houses, at after care and in the community. And then there's trick-or-treating.

There's more to Halloween than candy. There's dressing up, having fun with friends, playing games and doing crafts. With so many celebrations throughout the year, it's important to enjoy each one without going overboard.

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Witch's Brew Recipe

1 24-ounce bottle cranberry juice cocktail

1 can frozen orange juice

1/2 gallon apple cider

Grenadine

Mix first three ingredients together in a cauldron (or punch bowl) and serve in clear plastic cups, with Grenadine 'blood' dripping down the inside of the cup!

For added fun, float funny face ice cubes in the brew.

Half-fill and freeze ice tray (or muffin cups) with water, garnish each cube with blueberry eyes and a mandarin orange smile, and then fill rest with water and freeze again.

Healthier Trick-or-Treating Giveaways

For younger kids, try small toys like:

For food treats, try:

For candy, try:

On Halloween night, make sure children eat a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating so that candy is a dessert, not supper.

Remember Halloween safety:

Source: www.extension.org/mediawiki/files/e/e0/Halloween-treat-handout-1.pdf

 
 

 

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