How to Have a Healthier Halloween

How to Have a Healthier Halloween

In the United States, we commonly use food as a way to celebrate special occasions and holidays. As Halloween approaches, the grocery stores fill up with seasonal candy and other ghoulish goodies. Making it hard to avoid and extra tempting if you have a sweet tooth like myself. So, what is one to do?

Well, I have good news. You do not have to avoid sweets completely. I strongly encourage the 80/20 rule, where you eat healthy 80% of the time. Being too restrictive with your diet can backfire. By allowing yourself a sweet treat every now and again, you can prevent overeating these types of food later on.

Below are examples of the lowest calorie Halloween candies in fun size portions:

  • Sweet Tarts – 10 calories
  • Charleston Chew – 30 calories
  • Milk Duds – 40 calories
  • Mike & Ike – 50 calories
  • Nerds – 50 calories
  • Nestle Crunch – 60 calories
  • York Peppermint Patty – 60 calories
  • 3 Musketeers – 63 calories
  • Hershey’s Bar – 67 calories
  • Raisinets – 67 calories
  • Kit Kat – 70 calories

If having the Halloween candy around until trick or trick night is too tempting, there are non-food options you can hand out. Such as:

  • Glow sticks
  • Stickers
  • Pencils, eraser, and pencil toppers
  • Bubbles
  • Spooky accessories (vampire teeth, spider rings)
  • Mini bottles of water
  • Play dough
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Bouncy balls
  • Key chains
  • Slap bracelets
  • Activity pads

Promoting a healthy lifestyle for yourself and loved ones is doable even around the holidays. Just remember the dietitian motto “Everything in Moderation” and you will set up yourself up for success!


Jessica Meek, MS, RD, LD

Jessica Meek, MS, RD, LD, developed a passion for nutrition during her teenage years and strongly believes in the healing power food. After completing her undergraduate and master degree program at Ohio University, she became a registered dietitian in 2006. She has been practicing professionally for over 10 years in the tristate area. She uses her knowledge of nutrition to empower individuals living with diabetes to make positive lifestyle changes and lead healthier lives. Jessica is a dietitian with the Bruce Chertow Diabetes Center.