Written by: Emily Nice, RD, LD
You don’t have to be a ghost this Halloween, but don’t be ghoulish either! Get out and enjoy the mischievous holiday. No matter how you choose to participate, you can make your celebration less scary by following these simple tips.
- Don’t be afraid to host
If you host your own Halloween party, you will be in control.
- Don’t buy too far in advance
If candy and other sweet treats for trick-or-treaters or party guests is too much of a devilish temptation, wait until the event gets closer to purchase your goods.
- Consider purchasing candy you don’t like
Remove the temptation by offering ominous treats that don’t appeal to your fangtastic sweet tooth.
- Out of sight, out of mind
Keep the treats buried away and out of reach so they are less accessible leading up to the event.
- Have your guests goblin up your dishes
Often times, Halloween parties or other celebrations are dominated by sugar-filled, calorie-dense sweets and desserts – but it does not have to be that way. Offer creative healthy alternatives for guests such as sandwitches, clementines with jack-o-lantern faces drawn on their peels, or hard-boiled eggs that look like eyeballs to make your party a huge hit!
- Tricks instead of treats
Consider purchasing fun, non-food items to use as party favors or in gift bags to keep your guests on their toes.
- Indulge wisely
Make your night less grave by enjoying treats in moderation. Consume more nutrient-dense foods and choose smaller portions of sweets or other high-calorie foods and beverages.
- Take a bite
Eat a meal before guests arrive to lessen the chance of overeating or grazing. If you plan to attend a party someone else is hosting, eat before you leave to alleviate some of the temptation for candy or other wicked sweets that may be offered at the party. If you plan to trick-or-treat with the kids, eat your meal before you go to avoid a potential low blood sugar or the urge to munch on their hard-earned treats.
- Bring your own bloody dish!
If attending someone else’s party, bring your own dish or low-calorie beverage to share. Try making a spooky red blood punch with sugar-free drink mix and diet soda.
- Plan activities that don’t revolve around eating
Have a pumpkin carving party, hold a costume contest, set up arts & crafts, tell scary stories, watch scary movies, or play Halloween games. This may be a good opportunity to include more physical activity into your night, and guests can be entertained without fear of overconsumption.
- Chilling leftovers
Have a plan for leftover food or candy. Send leftover food with guests. Give extra candy away or bring it in to share with your coworkers. The aftermath of Halloween doesn’t have to be so gruesome.
- Ward off those creepy lows
Many candies contain extra fat which may not bring your blood sugar up quite as quickly. Make sure you have your glucometer to test your blood if you start feeling eerie. Keep some glucose tablets, 3 to 5 hard candies you can chew quickly, or a small juice box on hand just in case you need to treat a low blood sugar.
- Don’t mess with the spirits!
It’s probably best to avoid the alcohol at parties, but if you do have an adult beverage, drink responsibly. It is best not to drink any boos on an empty stomach, and you should limit yourself to 1 drink for women or 2 drinks for men.
Most importantly, remember to have fun this Halloween.
That’s a wrap!