It’s that time of year when candy, sugar, and processed who-only-knows-what find their way into our homes. A piece of candy isn’t that bad, but when it’s an entire bag – or more? Well, your teeth could rot just thinking about it.
Trick-or-treating doesn’t have to be terrifying. Here are a few ways to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve that are healthy, delicious, and fun for everyone.
Think outside the candy aisle. You don’t have to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. And you don’t have to be that much-maligned house that gives out toothbrushes, either. Pinterest is full of alternative treat ideas. One of our favorites is clementines. Use a Sharpie to draw a face and you’ve got a tasty jack o’ lantern.
Go green. Our own GreenAcres Market is always introducing new products and recipes. Their focus on healthy snacks means fresh options for Halloween. And if you need a dessert for an adult gathering? Word on the street is that their pumpkin cheesecake with ginger spice cookie crust can’t be beat.
Or, go teal. Food Allergy Research & Education encourages you to paint a pumpkin teal to let trick-or-treaters know that you’re handing out non-food treats. This helps make Halloween fun for everyone, including families impacted by severe food allergies. Stickers, vampire teeth, and glow sticks are popular giveaways.
Go trunk or treat. Nothing is scarier than genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That’s why The Village at Briarcliff is hosting GMO Free Trunk or Treat. Join us Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. This festive family event will have games and yummy treats that are free of pesky GMOs. The event is free, too.
Halloween doesn’t have to be a dietary free-for-all. Plan ahead to ensure that you and your ghouls have a healthy and safe celebration.