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16 Oct 10 Plant-Strong Halloween Ideas

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Halloween is around the corner! We are getting ready for our Halloween potluck in Austin in a couple of weeks. Bring the kids, they can dress up and enjoy a healthy night out with you.  Please join us if you live in the area.

How can you have a healthy Halloween for your family?

We asked on facebook how you make Halloween healthy, and here are some of your suggestions:

1. Trade up! Have your kids go trick-or-treating and at the end of the night they can trade their candy for something bigger, like a special toy/book they really want, or a few smaller toys/trinkets. *Donate candy to the office/send to our troops overseas.

2. For every pound of candy they earn a dollar amount.

3. Let them choose 5-10 pieces of candy from the loot. Donate the rest.

4. Throw a halloween party with healthy food and fun games instead of trick-or-treating!

5. Make it a game. See who can pick out the healthiest treats from their bag. Whoever wins gets a prize.

6. Hand out healthy treats at your house, or opt for non food treats, halloween themed pencils/erasers/hair accessories/stickers instead of treats. That way there is no junk in the house when the night is over!

7. Find some new, fun traditions! Watch a Halloween themed movie with some popcorn (no butter of course) and other plant-strong snacks!

8. Make these caramel apples by Chef AJ and Julieanna Hever:

9. Try this spooky black bean hummus!

10. Have a family craft night! You can carve pumpkins, or make fun Halloween themed (or fall themed) crafts together.

Do you have any healthy Halloween ideas or tips?

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

*The photo above is one of our Engine 2 Immersion participants who dressed up like Rip for Halloween!

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Natala Constantine