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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Channel the Sugar Rush into Physical Fitness with These Post-Halloween Activities

Halloween is one of the most festive times of the year--a time to dress up as our favorite characters, indulge your sweet tooth, and celebrate with family and friends. But even amidst the frivolity, it’s also important to maintain healthy habits, especially when consuming an above-average amount of sweets.


Studies show a correlation between an excess of sugar and health risks in children and teenagers. In fact, in a fairly recent recommendation from the American Heart Association, experts recommended that children consume less than six teaspoons of added sugars per day. Now, obviously, moderation is key. And of course, it’s okay for children to satisfy their cookie and candy cravings every now and then. But when it comes to healthy eating, too much of a good (read: delicious) thing can quickly become bad news for your health.


So how does one strike a balance? One way to mitigate the sugar rush is to channel that spike into positive physical exercise and burn off some excess energy. Read on for our favorite autumnal activities.


Play a fun game of “Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Ghost.”


A riff off of the classic game “Duck, Duck, Goose,” children will delight in playing this Halloween-themed update, taking turns and chasing one another around the circle, attempting to tag their peers. This is a great game because it can be modified to accommodate large and small groups.


If a large group of children is participating, consider designating two children to be “it.” This modification heightens the excitement, elevating the game to “challenge mode.” Kids burn more energy, and older kids can participate without getting bored.


Go on a nature hike and enjoy the fall leaves - and use them in your crafts.


This time of year can be absolutely breathtaking. The trees are ablaze with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. And the crisp fall weather invites you and your kids to dust off the sweaters and windbreakers and go hiking. And while you’re on the trail, fun hiking leaf collecting and craft opportunities abound. Some of our favorites?


Encourage children to collect their favorite leaves and use them for craft projects later. With some creativity and a few craft supplies, kids can make neat gifts and room decor items like these leaf coasters or autumn leaf mason jar candle holders. Fall leaves can also be used as stamps for their artwork or help kids get fancy with it by attempting these clay leaf bowls. Seriously, Pinterest is full of neat crafts for you to attempt with your kids.


Visit your favorite park and burn off some energy!


Shocker! We’re suggesting a day at the park. But there are several reasons why fall at the park is a wonderful idea, one of which is the moderate temperatures. Kids can run around for hours, exploring climbers and slides and other challenging activities, without the fear of them getting overheated. This means they can play for longer stretches and burn off that sugar buzz! Now is the time to visit new parks that feature balance beams, obstacle courses, and dramatic play activities that encourage physical exertion.


Go on a Jack-o-Lantern Walk


When it comes to fun holiday decorations, Halloween is almost as festive as Christmas with the colorful lights, pumpkins, and spooky yard displays dotting neighborhoods all over. So, why not take advantage of the sights and go on a family hike to see the local haunts, literally?


After-dusk walks can be risky if kids are flying solo, but they make a wonderful activity when parents can act as chaperones. Consider taking the family on a ramble through the most decked out neighborhoods. Take in the sights, play “name-that-jack-o-lantern,” and get inspiration for your own pumpkin carving and Halloween decorating. Bonus: Halloween neighborhood walks provide frighteningly good photo ops for the whole family.


What are some of your favorite Halloween outdoor activities? Leave them in the comments below.


Written by: Parker Jones

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