The Halloween season is here and kids are bursting with delight. The thrill of a scary story, the spooky décor transforming our homes and neighborhoods into macabre fantasy lands, becoming anything you want with the aid of a simple costume, going door-to-door and filling your bucket with candies like a pirate fills a chest with treasure, and doing it all surrounded by friends and family…what’s not to love? There’s still that child in me that tries to discover that Halloween magic anew each year. Now that I’m an adult, however, there’s also a pragmatic dietitian in me and these two parts struggle to get along. The child in me says give the trick or treaters the full-size candy bar (because those were always my favorite houses) but the dietitian in me recognizes that most kids already get too much sugar (causing or increasing the risk of numerous health problems).
As the argument rages inside me, I remind myself that
Halloween has redefined itself nearly every generation. When trick or treating
first started in the 30’s, the most common treats were homemade confections,
fruit, nuts, or toys. By the 50’s, candy manufacturers were beginning to
capitalize on the holiday and Bazooka Bubble Gum, M&M’s, and Almond Joys found
their way into children’s buckets. In the 70’s the homemade sweets that started
the tradition were now labeled as taboo and individually wrapped candies were
almost exclusively given to trick or treaters. Since then, the candy selection
has changed, with new flavors and brands coming and going, but we’re long
overdue for a significant shift. It’s my hope (and I think both the kid and
dietitian in me agree) that better-for-you snacks can be that next shift –
foods that are still treats for children (get those raisins and toothbrushes
out of the lineup) but aren’t loaded with sugar like traditional candy.
As you incorporate better-for-you snacks (non-food items can
work great too) remember that variety is key. There isn’t one universally
appealing option (one of the reasons for variety packs even among candy). To
help you find the perfect treats, we’ve compiled a list of less-sugary snacks
and non-food items you can find at your local grocery store. While none are
quite as affordable as a fun-sized candy bar, there are many options that won’t
break the bank and you can have the satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing
to the health of our children (while still pleasing them with a treat).
Treats for under $1
Halloween Toys – the seasonal aisle has a wide
range of Halloween toys for less than a dollar (selection varies by store,
while supplies last).
Blue Diamond 100 Calorie Packs – nothing but
good, nutritious almonds here in a small convenient package.
Kind Kids Granola Bars – roughly half the sugar
of a fun-sized candy with whole grains and fun packaging, this is my pick for
Kind Bar Minis – your favorite fruit and nut
bars in a small (and affordable) package with a quarter the added sugar of a
typical fun-sized candy.
Z Bar Protein – not my first recommendation due
to the higher sugar content (about the same as a fun-sized candy) but it is
balanced with a fair amount of protein and fiber.
Goldfish Crackers – 0 g sugar and a fair amount
of protein, goldfish are a good option and available in single-serve bags.
Clementines – more fun than raisins especially
if you decorate them like pumpkins; while clementines might be viewed as a
treat by some, be sure to offer other options.
Treetop Applesauce Pouches – with no fruit juice
concentrate added, these one of the healthiest fruit squeeze pouches.
Treats for under 50¢
Halloween toys – while options are more limited
in the sub 50¢ range, you will find a few items like spooky pens or vampire
fangs (selection varies by store, while supplies last).
Stickers – check out the greeting card aisle
where you’ll find a variety of sticker packs that you can break into individual
sheets to give away.
Stretch Island Fruit Leather – boasting no added
sugar and 100% real fruit ingredients, they also have a low price tag when you
buy them in multipacks.
Smartfood Popcorn –single-serve packs are
available, providing a fair amount of fiber and protein with no added sugar and
a reasonable amount of fat and sodium.
Corn Nuts – another good whole-grain corn option
with no added sugar and a reasonable amount of fat and sodium.
Dry ice helps bring the Halloween spirit alive and impress your guests with dazzling drinks and spooky features. But when handled incorrectly, it can cause danger and damage to those around it.
Pick up your dry ice easily, and safely this Halloween season by taking the following precautions:
How to Buy and Transport Dry Ice
When buying in-store, you may ask an employee to pick up the dry ice for you for further safety precautions.
Prepare and think ahead before purchasing your dry ice in order to ensure it lasts longer, and prevents unwanted accidents.
Plan to buy enough dry ice, for if it is not handled correctly, it will sublimate and lead to loss of the product.
To avoid this, bring a cooler or cardboard box to insulate the dry ice from being exposed to warmer temperatures. In addition, you can use a blanket or sleeping back to wrap around your choice of container to protect it from the changing temperatures.
Set the bag of dry ice inside your container and close the lid without sealing. This is very important avoid safety hazards. The dry ice will sublimate from solid to carbon dioxide vapor, and the gas could build up and cause an explosion without room for it to escape.
Make sure the new air circulates in your vehicle to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning when transporting it.
How to Store Dry Ice at Home
The best way to store your dry ice is in a cooler (make sure this is not sealed as well). You may add insulation by double bagging the dry ice in paper bags and then wrapping a blanket around the cooler.
Avoid putting in a fridge or freezer. The cold temperature could cause your thermostat to turn your appliance off, and force open the door.
How to Use Dry Ice Safely
In addition to ensuring you don’t store your dry ice in a sealed container, it is very important to avoid skin contact. Dry ice is so cold (-109.3 degrees Fahrenheit), meaning touching it can cause immediate frostbite. To avoid this:
Always use gloves, tongs, or another device to handle the dry ice.
Make sure there is good air circulation where you are using it.
If used in drinks, make sure to not ingest the dry ice fragments. This can cause tissue damage from frost bite.
Dry ice sinks in a bowl or glass, so the risk of ingestion can be low if used correctly.
Avoid using in alcoholic cocktails or while intoxicated.
Don’t store your dry ice in a sealed container
Avoid direct skin contact
More Safety Tips:
Never leave dry ice unattended around children or pets.
Be aware of the symptoms of carbon dioxide poisoning, and always make sure there is good ventilation.
If using dry ice to chill your food, the best results will come from storing it on top of the food as the ice will sink.
Avoid putting dry ice directly onto counter tops of empty glass containers, the cold temperatures could cause the material to crack.
Once you have followed the precautions above, bring your Halloween party to the next level with dry ice galore!
Carving your Halloween pumpkin is a big part of the holiday. Unfortunately pumpkins don’t last forever and your masterpiece that you spent hours, days – let’s be honest you’ve been planning this carving since last Halloween – will start to droop and wilt within a few days. Luckily, we have a few tricks to keep your Jack-O-Lantern looking fresh!
Step 1 – Do not cut the top of your pumpkin off! Cutting of the stem will dramatically decrease the life of your pumpkin. Instead, cut off the bottom or the back of your pumpkin.
Step 2 – After you have completely cleaned out the inside of your pumpkin, make sure you save the seeds to bake later, clean your pumpkin with a bleach water mixture. Mix together 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water and use to clean the inside and outside of the pumpkin.
Step 3 – Let your pumpkin drycompletely before setting outside or carving! Once it is completelydry carve your masterpiece.
Step 4 – Once you have finished your carving, spread petroleum jelly on all of the surfaces that have been carved, including a light spread on the entire inside of the pumpkin.
Step 5 – Place your pumpkin on display for all of the trick-or-treaters to admire. If your pumpkin does start to wilt submerging it in an ice bath for a couple of hours can help refresh it. Reapply petroleum jelly.
Are you looking for a ghoulish good time this Halloween? Each of our Dick’s locations are hosting their own Halloween festivities to bring your little kiddies spooky delights. Check out the schedule below and then make sure to see what other Halloween savings we have on our weekly ad.
Are you looking for a ghoulish good time this Halloween? Each of our Fresh Market locations are hosting their own spooky Halloween festivities for your little kiddies. Check out the schedule below and don’t forget to see what other Halloween savings we have on our weekly ad.
Fresh Market American Fork | Oct. 27 from 10 am – 2 pm
Fresh Market Granger | Oct. 31 from 1-7 pm
Fresh Market East Ogden | Oct. 27 from 1-4 pm
Trick-or-treating, cake walk and cookie decorating
Fresh Market Park City | Oct. 27 from 12 – 2 pm
Trick-or-treating, coloring and cookie decorating
Fresh Market Provo | Oct. 27 from 10 am – 2 pm
Fresh Market South Ogden | Oct. 26 from 4-7 pm
Games, activities (4-6 p) and trick-or-treating (6-7 p)
Are you looking for a ghoulish good time this Halloween? Each of our Dan’s locations are hosting their own Halloween festivities to bring your little kiddies spooky delights. Check out the schedule below and then make sure to see what other Halloween savings we have on our weekly ad.
Dan’s 70th South | Oct. 31 from 2-4 pm
Games, trick-or-treating and Best Halloween Costume contest
Dan’s Foothill | Oct. 31 from 4-6 pm
Trick-or-treating and root beer floats
Dan’s Olympus | Oct. 27 from 1-3 pm
Trick-or-treating with the Olympus Hills Shopping Center