Now that we are into October, it is officially the start to the Halloween Season! What is your favorite part of celebrating Halloween? The spooky decorations? The pillowcases full of candy? The cute and clever costumes? All of the above? Well, whichever you like the most, here are a few tips, tricks, and treats to make sure it is a fun, safe, and healthy celebration.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
The jack-o-lantern is the quintessential Halloween decoration. One great way to combine getting into the Halloween spirit while also getting some exercise is to pick your own pumpkins to carve! Spend a sunny, fall, Saturday afternoon at a nearby farm walking through their pumpkin patch to find the perfect, soon-to-be jack-o-lantern. You’ll get some extra steps in and maybe even some weight lifting if you are looking to carve a monster of a pumpkin.
While you’re out, try your luck at winding your way through a corn maze. If you get lost and have to re-trace your steps, that’s okay! You’re just getting even more exercise.
Check out some local North Shore farms like Boston Hill Farm in North Andover for pumpkin picking, or Connors Farm in Danvers or Crescent Farm in Haverhill for pumpkin picking and corn mazes!
Make Your Own Treats
Candy and Halloween go together like black cats and witches, but all that processed sugar can be scarier for your health than garlic to a vampire. This year, try out some treats that are just as tasty as candy, but sweeter to you.
If you are throwing a Halloween bash, instead of a cauldron full of candy, opt for a platter of puking pumpkin! It’s a spooky, healthier option. Pumpkin, strawberries, pineapple, and grapes make up this creepy treat.
You can also make this with all veggies for an even lower sugar option. Replace the fruit with carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, celery, peppers, and cucumbers around either hummus or veggie dip for a gross-looking but great-tasting snack.
For a snack higher in protein and creep-factor, check out these “eyeball” deviled eggs. Avocados make for an eerie green filling. Top with a black olive and decorate with red food coloring for that bloodshot effect.
Ghost Fruit Kabobs
If you are looking for something cuter rather than scary, try some ghost fruit kabobs. Strawberries, cantaloupe, and marshmallow make up these sweet and festive treats.
Chocolate Pumpkin Spider Web
And if you just can’t celebrate Halloween without chocolate (we get it) give this Chocolate Pumpkin Spider Web Tart a go! It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and delicious! Not to mention spooky.