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Trick or Treat


It’s Halloween! We have a few tips in making today healthier for everyone in your house.

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. Switch out candy for healthier treats like 100% fruit leathers, freeze dried fruit, lara bars, That’s It Fruit bars. 

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!

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  • bigskybabs

    I appreciate the ideas, and these sorts of things do work for little kids. But as kids get older, as my lifelong vegans are, they want a sense of belonging, a sense of autonomy and to be a part of a tradition. I let them keep their candy now, and just make extra veggie-rich foods in the days to follow. We joke about needing more broccoli to counter the bad effects of candy, yet it never fails that if I have a plate of broccoli waiting after trick or treating, it gets devoured. Being plant-strong for life is a long race, and one I don’t want to undermine with feelings of deprivation.

    • Engine 2

      You’d be surprised though – we have a few 100 plant-strong teens between 12-18 who don’t feel that way, it’s really encouraging and amazing. They go against the grain sometimes, but they are passionate and see the benefits of being plant-strong, even when faced with peer pressure. We just had a mom this morning write to us that her kids willingly traded in their candy and asked to hand out healthy treats they are 7&9. I think it depends on the kids, and depends on where they are at, and giving them a choice is important, we just hope the older they get the more they choose the better options.

  • Ginger

    Please don’t bring your candy to the office LOL! Take it to a food pantry or a nursing home or someplace where the treats are less plentiful!

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