10 ways to have a happy, healthy Halloween

Prefer to stay home or ready for adventure? Either way, these are our favorite ways to celebrate

A grandfather smiles while carving pumpkins with two grandchildren.

Whether you prefer to stay home for Halloween or you’re a family that’s ready for adventure, there are so many fun ways to enjoy the holiday. Check out 10 of our favorite ways to celebrate that don’t involve trick-or-treating.

1. Host a themed scavenger hunt in your neighborhood. Inside or outside, scavenger hunts are a great way to celebrate and surprise your friends and family with tricks or treats. Make a list of items to find through the neighborhood, including spider webs, bats, pumpkins, skeletons, witches, inflatable decoration, white pumpkins, or even a zombie!

2. Paint your own pumpkins. Get a few mini pumpkins and some paint from the local dollar store and get creative! Finger paint or use paint brushes and see who can make the silliest face.

3. Tuck in for movie night. Throw some popcorn in a bowl and cozy up with the family to watch your favorite Halloween or fall-themed movie.

4. Go on a creature hunt. Attach googly eyes to different fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. Use the ABC’s of Nutritious Snacks Poster, and see if you can find all the creatures and what they’re called.

5. Start a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. Turn out the lights and get started! Put mini glow sticks inside of plastic eggs or use glow-in-the-dark bracelets in the shape of an egg to hide around the house. The person with the most eggs gets a spooky treat!

6. Make a spooky pizza. This pairs perfectly with movie night. Make homemade pizzas and use toppings to make a jack-o-lantern face on your pizza! Cherry tomatoes can be used as eyes, or mushrooms for the nose. Get creative!

7. Find the hidden treasure. Pirate-themed party, anyone? Create treasure clues on small pieces of paper and scatter them around the house or yard. At the end, the kids will be led to a treasure like a small toy or a treat bag. Need inspiration? Try some of these:

  • “Ahoy Matey! Find yer first clue where ye lay your head to rest.”
  • “Yarr! Find yer next clue in the mess hall!”
  • “Yo, ho, ho! Look through yer toys and ye shall find the next clue.”

8. Make snacks that will give you chills. Get everyone in the kitchen and make a few spooky snacks. Grab a string cheese and a marker and draw a ghost face on the wrapper. Take fruit cups or clementines and draw jack-o-lantern faces on them. Set up your ghoulish snacks and enjoy them while you play or spend time together.

9. Create a spooky spider. Get some black construction paper and fold it in half. Trace four fingers on the folded end of the paper and cut out what you just traced. Unfold it, put some googly eyes on it, and you’ve got your own spider!

10. Become a fortune teller for the night. Use our Fit Fortune Teller and read your healthy fortunes. Just print, cut, and fold for a night of fun!

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