Halloween can be a fun holiday, and usually conjures thoughts of kids in costumes, trick-or-treating and candy. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous: unsafe costumes, kids darting into traffic, and unhealthy candy and treats. Why not opt for something different this year? The POWER Program at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health wants to provide you with some alternative ideas to the traditional Halloween:
Visit a Haunted House!
Going to a haunted house, haunted trail or even a corn maze can be a great time for exercise. There is a lot to see and do at these events, some of which might even get you running! Check the internet or your local newspaper for events close to you.
- Be a role model; eat candy only in moderation.
- Keep candy out of your child’s room, out of reach, and out of sight.
- Set a limit on how many pieces can be eaten (ie; 2 items a day) and when they can be eaten.
- Offer non-candy treats to trick-or-treaters, such as granola bars, fruit leather, raisins, toys/party favors, or mini toothbrushes
- Trade it in! Many dentists will take candy and provide prizes in return!
Try a New Recipe!
We've found a fun and healthy recipe for Apple BItes!
- Slivered Almonds
- Slice an apple into quarters.
- Cut a wedge from each quarter
- Stick almond slivers in apple to make “teeth”.
TIP: If you’re not going to serve them immediately, baste apples with orange juice to keep from browning.