Can Halloween Be Healthy?

By Shannon Gosney
In Lifestyle
September 26, 2009

You’ve just gone trick or treating around the neighborhood with your little one(s) and you see the plastic orange pumpkin is almost full of sugary sweets.  You dump the pumpkin out and sift through it.  You find chocolate bars, gumballs, suckers, caramels, sugar, sugar, sugar.  I remember when I went trick or treating as a kid, there was a neighbor that would give out cans of soup.  As a kid I thought, “What the heck?  Is he really giving us soup?”  Now as a parent, I see what he was trying to do.  He was trying to give out something healthy to the kids trick or treating at his house.

I was just introduced to a new campaign called Trick Or Treat Me.  Hershey’s and Organic Valley want to spread the word about milk in single serve, shelf stable cartons.  When I first saw the milk cartons (before I read about it), I thought “That’s a good idea, but what if the milk hasn’t been refrigerated and the kids get food poisoning?”  That’s why they have designed chocolate milk that is shelf stable.  Shelf stable milk products remain fresh for months and can be kept in multiple temperatures on the shelf with no loss of taste or freshness.  How awesome is that?

You can also find Trick Or Treat Me on Twitter.  You can choose if you want your friends to be treated or tricked.  For each friend you choose to trick or treat, you’ll be supporting the World Wildlife Fund because TetraPak will donate 10 cents for each one!  Plus, on the web, you can upload headshots of yourself and your friends – placing them on top of the bodies of  dancing monsters, ready to trick or treat at your friends’ doors.  Be sure to check out the fun today!


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

21 Responses to “Can Halloween Be Healthy?”

  1. LyndiLou says:

    Soup!!! Oh that makes me laugh! SO CUTE!!! What a good heart he had! 😉

    I LOVE the chocolate milk idea! That is SOOO sooo SOOO fun! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  2. Doreen says:

    Soup, that’s cute!! I never got soup when I was little, just all the SUGAR!!! 🙂

  3. Tori says:

    What a clever {and simply} way to help raise $$ for a good cause!

  4. Kayla says:

    That’s pretty darn cool!!
    When I was younger, I always thought it was awesome to get something healthy-I know. I’m weird. Lol

  5. Shelly says:

    Hi Shannon! I’ve posted a blog award for you. Stop by when you get a chance. Hope you have a great week!

  6. Terrific idea… thanks for sharing!
    I remember one older couple that gave my kids dimes wihen they were little, but also wanted them to come in the house to see their decorations – I was with them of course – my kids were so polite, I was SO proud of them, even though they just wanted to get to the next house for MORE CANDY!!!

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  12. Shelbie Johnston says:

    That is great, LOVE the chcocolate milk idea, how cool!

  13. denise says:

    Soup is funny. I do like the idea of chocolate milk. I have not had too much of a problem with the candy. My kids have food allergies, so they trade the candy for a present and a homemade, allergy-free brownie.


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