From one night of trick-or-treating, the average child collects 3,500 to 7,000 calories’ worth of candy on Halloween, according to Donna Arnett, MD, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. She estimates it would take a 100-pound child 22 to 44 hours of walking or 7.25 to 14.5 hours of playing full-court basketball to burn off all those calories.
Despite these staggering statistics, who can deprive their beloved kid of indulging in this annual sugary tradition? You don’t have to—just fill them up beforehand with your own healthy treats in the form of cleverly festive snacks to temper their appetites (at least a bit) and show them some fun in the kitchen. LivingHealthy has sourced out 10 Halloween-inspired recipes that will have your family noshing on loads of nutrients for the spookiest night of the year!