October is here, and for those of you with kids or grandkids, that can mean just one thing: Halloween! But the spooky season isn’t just for kids! There are plenty of ways to celebrate this fun and engaging holiday with your friends and family. Not to mention that there are heart health reasons to celebrate, too! At Kaneka, we know that caring for your heart isn’t just about choosing the right supplements. It’s also about living well and taking care of your social needs.
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Here’s how to celebrate Halloween in a fun and heart-healthy way.
Heart Health and Halloween
Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you can take a break from your heart health! Keep an eye on how many sweets and treats you snack on, whether you’re out trick or treating or just helping yourself to the candy bowl in between trick-or-treaters.
It’s also important to stay social! Maintaining a thriving social life can help improve mood, reduce stress, and stave off loneliness. If you’re a sporty person, staying active can also come with socializing. Halloween is a great time to get out and connect with your social group, in whatever way that means the most to you!
If you’re out of ideas, we’ve made a quick list of some fun Halloween activities to do with your friends and family this year.
Read more: The Importance of Staying Connected
Healthy Halloween Ideas
Halloween isn’t all about chowing down on buckets full of candy or drinking the night away at a costume party with friends. There are plenty of fun and festive ways to enjoy Halloween.
Here are just a few healthy Halloween ideas:
- Visit a corn maze: Plenty of cities around America have a corn maze to run around in if you want a more physically active Halloween. Just make sure that you explore the maze in a group so that no one gets lost. We all know how that turns out in the scary movies!
- Volunteer at a local Trunk-or-Treat event: Giving back to the community is an easy way to connect with others, and help your neighborhood at the same time. Check to see if your local church, YMCA, or other community organization needs help running a Trunk-or-Treat event or decorating their community haunted house.
- Host a Murder Mystery dinner party: If you’re more of a homebody, why not plan a fun interactive dinner with your neighbors or friends? There are plenty of resources online that can help you plan your murder mystery party—and it’s always a killer time! That is, until you collectively uncover the identity of the murderer!
- Plan a scary movie marathon with friends: If your favorite part of the Halloween season is feeling spooked, then there’s no better way to socialize than to plan a scary movie marathon with your friends. The best part about this idea is that even if your friends live far away from you, you can still watch the same movie at the same time, then plan to have a long phone call about everything you loved and hated about the film. Just make sure you’re not stuffing yourself with too much popcorn and snacks!
- Host a Halloween costume contest for your friends (or their pets): Another great and healthy way to stay social this Halloween is to host a costume contest. You can award prizes for categories like most original costume, scariest costume, best couple’s costume, and more! If your friends won’t bite on playing a little seasonal dress-up, that’s fine. Have them dress up their pets instead! You could even make a spooky pet parade of the affair! The pictures alone will bring plenty of cheer.
- Carve pumpkins with your family: A classic and fun healthy Halloween activity is, of course, carving pumpkins. Just make sure that you let someone strong handle the carving. If you’re worried about your own strength, or if you’re particularly clumsy, a pumpkin painting or decorating session is just as fun!
Fun Alternatives to Halloween
Although carving pumpkins and watching scary movies is pretty fun, we know that not everyone chooses to celebrate Halloween. There are still ample ways to ring in the cooler, golden, and red months of the year! If Halloween just isn’t your thing, why not host a fall food drive to help give back to your local food bank? Lots of people save food drives like this until Thanksgiving, but people are hungry all year round! It’s a fun, non-spooky way to give back and feel good
If volunteering isn’t your idea of a good time (even though it has excellent health benefits), why not plan a harvest time fall dinner party with friends? We have plenty of delicious and healthy dinner ideas in our Heart Healthy Dinners Cookbook.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween (or not!), here at Kaneka we hope you have a delightful (and not too spooky) holiday this October. For more fun ways to get into heart health, join our Healthy Heart Challenge!