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Oct, 25 2017

What’s your favorite thing about Halloween? Whether you like the fright factor or just prefer the cute and sweet, we’re sharing a few tips to help make the night fun and safe - while being {somewhat} mindful of good health.

1. Plan a little health in the mix

Before you find yourself smack in the middle of “candy zone”, plan a few healthy tactics ahead of time. Eating plenty of protein for all three meals on Halloween Day can curb your appetite and might decease your candy intake. Consider making some green smoothies to stay on the Halloween theme. You can enjoy them before heading out to trick-or-treat, or serve them along with a few pieces of candy after you return. Either way, it’s a great way to slide some healthy food into the celebration.

Once you’re home, implement the candy sorting process with a “Pleaser and Teaser” approach. Favorite candies are the “pleasers” and all others are just “teasers.” You don’t want to eat it just because it’s there, so remove the teasers and just keep the pleasers. Just because it’s not your favorite, doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t love it, so consider donating the candy that doesn’t make your pleaser list to Operation Gratitude. They send care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas and to stateside first responders. You could also make your own trip to take cards of appreciation and candy to local fire stations.


2. Think beyond the costume

Sometimes the task of getting everyone a costume they’re happy with is all we think about for Halloween night. Undoubtedly, this is a big part of a successful night. Remember comfortable shoes have a direct impact on the amount of whining you hear during the course of the night. If your child is planning to wear face paint for the first time, test a small area of their skin a few days ahead of time to ensure they don’t have an irritation.

Here’s a planner’s checklist with a few simple things beyond the costume to help the night go well…

  • Plan out your route 
  • Bring a flashlight and charged cell phone
  • Tuck a few Band-Aids and tissues in your pocket
  • Carry a spare bag – stash a water bottle or two and use it to lighten the weight of a growing haul for smaller trick-or-treaters 

3. Consider your pets 

Our dog, Shaka, is NOT a fan of strangers coming to the door. We usually have one family member hang with her in a rear area of the house while others man the trick-or-treaters. During particularly busy times, one of us will sit outside to dish out the candy so there’s not constant knocking or doorbell rings which can trigger barking chaos on our end — and frighten younger visitors.  

Even if your pet is not usually bothered by visitors, there are other things to watch out for…

  • Frequent door openings bring opportunity for pets to make a get-away. Be sure they’re wearing tags with up to date information, just in case. If your pet is microchipped, ensure the phone or address information with your registry service is current.  
  • Carefully store all candy beyond the reach of your furry friends. This goes for the treats you’re giving away and the bounties that come home with kids. Chocolate is particularly harmful to both cats and dogs, and it doesn’t take much to be lethal. Agree on a specific area to keep ALL candy. In my experience, this will require some bedroom checks :-) Also be careful that wrappers are thrown away in a trash can with a secure lid. 
  • Don't leave pets out in the yard on Halloween. If you have an outdoor animal, consider bringing them into the garage or other enclosed space. This will protect them from pranksters (or worse) who sometimes target animals as well as from accidental candy ingestion from kids who drop or toss candy.

Now it’s your turn! What are your best Halloween tips? Comment below or email me at


Jeanette brings her many years of marketing expertise to the freshbenies team. She has a busy household, including her high school sweetheart hubby, 3 teens and one spoiled dog, Shaka. She enjoys traveling, writing and leading bible studies. Wherever she is, she’s easily identified by her strong southern twang.

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