Between the Tricks-or-Treats and the parties, Halloween can be a time of candy overload for kids. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good time to share some healthy alternatives to cupcakes and candy that are still fun and easy to make. You can find some of our favorites on our Healthy Lifestyles Pinterest Board or in our Online Recipe Guide (submitted by Matoaka kids and families!) Many of these would make great classroom Halloween party themes!
Williamsburg James City County Schools implemented a division wide wellness policy to encourage healthy students and classrooms. The regulations cover not only student meals but also vending machines, A la carte food and classroom parties. According to the policy:
“￼￼All foods and beverages made available on school grounds must comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and with the WJCC School Division’s Nutrition Standards,” and “School administrators and parent/teacher organizations will promote healthy options for snacks and special occasions.”
Are You Planning A Healthy Party?
If you are planning a healthy Halloween party for your class (or know someone who is), let us know. The Healthy Lifestyles Committee is on the lookout for best (and most healthy!) ideas.
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Healthy Halloween Ideas
Banana Mummies & Friends – Bananas dipped in lots of yummy things including caramel, coconut, nuts, crushed cereal, graham crackers or any other healthier alternative you can think of. Use an empty egg crate as a stand.
Strawberry Ghosts – dipped in white chocolate.
Halloween Dough – Parties do not always have to be about treats. Tricks can be fun too! Check out this idea for homemade Pumpkin Dough. Instead of baby food jars, use clear plastic wrap with green ties.
For more ideas, click here or visit the Matoaka Recipe Guide for kid friendly recipes
Do you have a favorite Halloween recipe or idea? Send it to us and we will include it here.
Going trick-or-treating?(From CDC.gov)
|Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.|
|Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.|
|Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.|
|Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.|
|Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.|
|Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.|
|Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.|
|Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.|
|Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.|
|Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.|
|Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.|
|Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.|
|Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.|