Halloween is coming up pretty soon and I know that a lot of parents worry about how to stop their kids from stuffing themselves with candy chocolate. So today, I want to share some of my thoughts about making sure your youngest won’t be feeling sick the day after Halloween.

I believe there is no use in stopping kids from eating candy altogether. After all, it is a tradition and I respect that. Besides, I’m pretty sure most kids would only want to get their hands on some candy even more if they were told they can’t have it.

My advice is to start the Halloween celebrations even before you go out trick-or-treating. This year’s Halloween is on a Sunday which means that we can spend the whole day enjoying Halloween-themed foods that were prepared at home with healthy ingredients. Your kids will become energized and fill their stomachs with nutritious foods, leaving less space for all the processed candy. And the best thing is that they won’t feel like they missed out on anything!

Another blogger friend of mine, Sarah Koszyk, has this great post on 35 great Halloween tips for parents from registered dieticians and other professionals. If you need inspiration, look no further!

There are so many different kid-friendly and colorful recipes on the Internet that can be fun when made with the whole family. My perfect Halloween menu would look something like this: pumpkin pancakes with peanut butter, some wholegrain cookies shaped like bats, ghosts, gravestones, etc, unsweetened pumpkin muffins with a side of roasted veggies, a greenish smoothie with some pumpkin seeds, and then, lastly, a small portion of candy received when trick-or-treating. Take out some edible markers and make cookie-decorating a fun activity that will keep your kids’ minds off eating.

And then there is the candy for trick-or-treaters. You could make some homemade muffins or cookies and I’m sure they would be very appreciated (especially by the parents) but depending on where you live, that might not be feasible. I would have to spend the whole three days before Halloween baking if I wanted to make enough snacks to give away to everyone. So I don’t even try and instead, go for some store-bought candy that I know is made from organic ingredients.

This year, I decided to go for some chocolates from the Equal Exchange brand. It’s the least I can do to promote fair trade since those mini chocolates are all made from fair trade sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla.

“Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards”

Most of the world’s chocolate is made in less wealthy countries by people who work themselves to death in slavery-like conditions. I personally find it hard to enjoy regular commercial candy when I am aware of the miserable conditions it was made in. I don’t want kids from other countries to work, especially in unsafe and unfair conditions, just so that my children can have a moment of fun unwrapping that innocent-looking piece of candy. That’s why whenever I do buy chocolate, I go for brands that are involved with the fair trade movement. And while Equal Exchange is not the only one, the social awareness around this issue is still too low.

But bearing that in mind, I hope you do have a fun and guilt-free Halloween! Let me know in the comments if you have any favorite recipes for Halloween snacks.