Absolutely not. It’s a wonderful, whimsical night for kids. If we limited our sugar binges to a few holidays a year, we’d be fine. But we don’t. In fact, as a nation, our consumption of candy has gone up 50% since the 1980s, and our soft drink consumption has doubled. In both cases, kids account for more of the sweets consumption than adults. So, let them eat candy on Halloween, but limit the candy to a few times a year and balance it that day and throughout the year with plate- and bowls-full of healthy foods.

For example, for Halloween parties, have the kids make “spooky” snacks from fruits and veggies. Make healthy smoothies packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, such as spinach, oranges, berries, and bananas, in the Oster Ball Personal Blender (Hint: Use spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, spearmint and anise provide a sweet taste to foods without adding sugar or calories). Then screw on the top and decorate the outside with a Halloween ghost or goblin and you have an on-the-go healthy snack. It doesn’t get any easier, more convenient, or versatile than that!

We had a rule in our house that dessert reflected how well they ate. Polish off all the vegetables, whole grains, glass of milk, etc and they could choose how big they wanted of a dessert. Spread the food around and try feeding it to the dog, and dessert was little or non-existent. I also found that if they were well fed from healthy stuff, they were less likely to binge on their Halloween candy. They were too full and satisfied.

Whatever your tricks of the trade, I hope you have a wonderful, fun-packed Halloween!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by the Oster® brand.  While I was compensated to write this post  about the Oster® brand, all opinions are my own.