Halloween Tips for Parents

For Moms,Halloween,Holidays
October 11, 2011

Food Blogger Rachel Willen shares her best Halloween tricks for dealing with all those treats.

Halloween Box of Carrots
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Parents have plenty to be scared of on Halloween—and we’re not talking bloodthirsty werewolves or chain-rattling ghosts. No, no—way scarier than that. The fright night visions we’re having are more along the lines of sugar-fueled kids pumped up on miniature candy bars, candy corn and Gummi Bears of every hue and flavor. The original Kitchenista (better known as food blogger Rachel Willen) offers up some coping strategies for parents to keep in mind before the Great Pumpkin appears, bags of candy in hand.

  • Look for packaged treats that are not too full of sugar and unhealthy ingredients.
  • Host a neighborhood Halloween end-of-the-driveway party for adults to hang out, stop by and have a snack while accompanying the kids around the neighborhood.
  • Homemade treats always trump bought ones—”bribe” your kids with goodies that look and taste better than anything that comes in a plastic wrapper. Who can resist Nutella S’mores made with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers?
  • Turn the candy into currency for other coveted items or donate the candy to a local dentist or orthodontist who “pays” out prizes for candy turned in.
  • Go through the candy with your kids and “save the best and toss the rest.”
  • Make rules about how much Halloween candy can be consumed daily.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters get dinner or at least a quick, protein-rich snack to counteract all the sugar that will undoubtedly be consumed before the night is up. Here are a few recipes that will come in handy.

Find food blogger Rachel Willen at Foodfixme.com


Easy Hummus Dip

Kids love this creamy hummus with sliced vegetables or pita bread.


Easy Tomato Soup for Kids

Carrots and onions join juicy tomatoes in this healthy and veggie filled soup.

Nora's Grilled Chicken

Nora’s Grilled Chicken

Slice up some boneless chicken breasts, marinate them in the fridge, and you'll have dinner and snacks prepped and ready to go for several days.

Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Southwestern Chicken Quesadillas

These quick and easy chicken quesadillas make a great after-school snack. Easy to use with an oven or a skillet!

Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles

This all–purpose noodle dish is super versatile—add carrots, broccoli or spinach, if you like.


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