Make Halloween fun, safe and healthy for your children (plus: recipes!)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

These are tips from another good press release I received for Halloween. Anything to make sure those kids stay healthy and safe. Its comes from the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, to form the Alliance For a Healthier Generation. (Also, scroll down for some healthier Halloween recipes.)

  1. Feed ‘em First—make sure your kids are fueled up before they go trick-or-treating with a healthy snack or meal, so they don’t dip into their treats.
  2. Pillow Cases are for Pillows—give the kids smaller treat bags like recycled grocery bags so they won’t bring home too many sweets, and keep the pillow cases and trash bags at home!
  3. Surprise ‘em with Health, not Horror—Be the healthy house on the block by offering treats like pre-packaged, snack-sized dried fruit, pretzels, or baby carrots. These also help mom and dad as they’re perfect for lunch boxes.
  4. Give ‘em Treasures for Treats—Hand out boxes of crayons, stickers, colored pencils, erasers, Halloween tattoos (the removable kind!), or rubber spiders!
  5. Patrol Those Treats—After inspecting all treats to ensure they’re safe, put a limit on treats so they last longer (wink, wink). Store the bag in a high but public place so you, too, won’t be tempted to snack on the candy.

Healthy Halloween Recipes

Below are a few Halloween food links Leigh Ann, managing editor of James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor magazine, likes.

I hope you have found these last few post helpful for this spooky season. I welcome comments and Halloween tips.


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7 Responses to “Make Halloween fun, safe and healthy for your children (plus: recipes!)”

  1. MizFit Says:


    now to employ it…maybe next year :)

    MizFits last blog post..It’s getting HOT in herre.

  2. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Great slogan, MizFit

  3. cathy Says:

    Sadly, I remember how much I hated the “health not horror” houses! I just can’t go that route on Halloween (unless maybe I’m hiding sweet potatoes in cookies). I do really like the idea of giving treasures instead of treats, though. My kids like those as much as candy!

    We always put the kids’ candy out of sight and reach after Halloween. It’s not taken away from them, but they’re only allowed candy at certain times of the day. So much better than letting them nosh on the sugary stuff anytime they want! Plus, out of sight, out of mind – they quickly forget about their stash and most of the candy goes uneaten!

    cathys last blog post..My Family Doctor’s Small Steps for Health Contest

  4. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Thanks Cathy:
    Sounds like a good approach.

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  6. Sagan Says:

    Mmm, recipes! I was starting to get frantic because I wanted to make some kind of food to take to a Halloween party tonight but didn’t know what to make. And now look at all these options you’ve presented:)

  7. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Hope it helps Sagan.


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