Halloween marks the beginning of “sugar season” – the long stretch of holidays where treats seem to be everywhere. Combined with the colder, shorter days that kick up cravings for more serotonin-boosting carbohydrates, this increase in sugar consumption can wreak havoc on your health.
But you don’t have to get spooked by all that Halloween candy. Skip the trick-or-treating and try one of these fun activities instead:
Carving Jack-o-Lanterns: The folklore behind this tradition is that these decorative gourds were carved into scary faces to protect your home from the Undead.
Scare off those vampires with a traditional toothy grinning pumpkin head, or use a stencil to create a fancy carving pattern. Don’t forget – you can save the seeds you scoop out of the inside and roast them for a healthy and tasty snack.
Parading Around: Get dressed up and show off your costume in your local Halloween parade or at a Halloween party. There are plenty of costume options to buy online, or you can have fun getting creative by making your own.
Need inspiration? Dress up as of one of your favorite movie star, book characters, rock star, politician, or media personality. Brainstorm by searching for costume ideas on Pinterest.
Telling Spooky Stories: Ghost tales have been told in many cultures for centuries. Turn down the lights, get a flashlight for a spooky effect, and get into character with your voice. Find scary stories online or get a book from the library.
Fright Night at the Movies: Watch a fun “scary” movie to get you in the All Hallow’s Eve mood. Some good choices for kids of all ages include The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Adams Family, or Beetlejuice. Don’t forget the classic TV special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
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How will you celebrate Halloween?