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Halloween Fun

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 09:23 AM CDT

Halloween Fun

Halloween only comes once a year, but there are ways to decrease the candy overload that can happen during this fall season. Excess candy can contribute significantly to weight gain, tooth decay and it often replaces other healthier foods that children and adults need for healthy nutritional status. The USDA currently recommends that children ages 4 to 8 not exceed 120 calories per day of empty-calorie foods such as candy. Children, ages 9 – 14, should not exceed 160 calories. One Snickers fun-sized bar has 80 calories and one Tootsie Roll Pop has 60 calories. Just these two tiny candies exceed the healthy limits for young children. So decrease the odds of candy overload at your home by; 1) choosing a Halloween Fun alternative to trick or treating, or 2) limiting the number of houses your children go to for candy, or 3) letting them eat all they want of their candy for one or 2 days, brushing teeth repeatedly, and then throw the rest away! and 4) offer some of the interesting Trick or Treat options!



Halloween Fun Alternatives

1)      Have a party at your house with old-fashioned bobbing for apples.

2)      Have a spook house with a “gross-out game”: peeled grapes for eye balls, cooked spaghetti for brains, slimy sausages for guts and dried apricots for ears!

3)      Have a costume contest with prizes for best homemade costume, most unique costume and cutest costume!

4)      Play games like pin the face on a pumpkin and carve pumpkins together.

5)      Have a Halloween dinner with seasonal foods, like pumpkin or squash soup. Challenge family and guests to make edible creatures from apple slices, peanut butter or cream cheese and raisins, grated cheese, seeds and vegetables. (see recipe ideas below)




Interesting Trick or Treat Options

Single serve bags of popcorn

100 calorie snack bags

Apples & Carmel Topping

Pretzel bags

Single servings of nuts

Raisin boxes

Trail mix packets

Animal crackers

Single pieces of dark chocolate

Small boxes of cereals

Sugar-free chewing gum




Gift certificates




Witchy Popcorn Balls - Makes 8

Source: Popcorn Board


All you need:

16 chocolate wafer cookies

3 quarts popped popcorn

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine

3 cups miniature marshmallows

3 tablespoons (1/2 of a 3-ounce box) lime

 gelatin dessert mix

Green food color, optional

8 chocolate ice cream cones

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Orange sugar sprinkles, placed in a small dish

Jelly beans, candy corn, and licorice string


All you do:

Place the wafer cookies on a sheet of wax paper. Spray a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and place popcorn inside. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat and stir in marshmallows & gelatin dessert powder until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. If desired, adjust color with a drop or 2 of food color. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated. Spray hands with cooking spray and press firmly to form into 8 balls. Place balls on 8 of the wafer cookies. Press candy decorations into popcorn balls to form eyes, nose and mouth. In a small microwave-safe bowl melt chocolate chips (cover and heat for 10 seconds). Stir chocolate to aid melting. Repeat as needed until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon about 1/2 tsp. of melted chocolate onto the top of each popcorn ball. Press a few licorice strings into chocolate to form ‘hair’. Dip cone edges into melted chocolate and then into orange sprinkles. Place on remaining wafer cookies to form witches hat. Place hats onto popcorn balls. Allow chocolate to set for about 45 minutes before serving.




Carrot Finger Food



All you need:

8 oz. Greek yogurt

1/2 package Hidden Valley Spicy Dip Mix

4 long carrots and 1 medium carrot

Softened cream cheese

Slices of almonds

Baby carrots


All you do:

Mix Greek yogurt with dip mix. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for a thumb. With a paring knife, cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to “glue” a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch. Stick “fingers” in the dip & serve with baby carrots for dipping.



Swamp Smoothie  - Serves 2

All you need:
1 cup kale, leaves only
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup pineapple juice
1 frozen ripe banana
1 avocado
1 container Hy-Vee Light vanilla yogurt

All you do:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process on high speed until smooth.

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