You know Halloween is right around the corner when grocery stores begin filling their isles with candy! While all of these sugary treats may be tempting (and can be enjoyed in moderation), you can enjoy the holiday and stick to your health goals by making some simple swaps.

If you are a parent or even just planning on attending a Halloween party, consider using some of these fun, creative tips to impress your friends and trick-or-treaters.

Purchase healthy snacks to hand out to kids. Many grocery stores sell individually-packaged Halloween-themed snacks such as trail mix and pretzels for kids. Break up their sugar-stuffed trick-or-treat bag with tasty, more nourishing goodies.

Use some of your favorite healthy ingredients to create festive party snacks or household treats. Unless you like to create your own recipes, there are tons of recipes online for decorative (and adorable) Halloween themed snacks, appetizers and desserts. Have fun making banana “ghosts”, watermelon “Jack-O-Lanterns”, and more!

Use alternative ingredients to “healthify” your favorite fall treats. Many desserts often enjoyed during the fall season, like caramel apples and pumpkin pie, are packed with sugar. However, you can still make them if you are conscious of your nutrition by using healthier ingredients. Try swapping in applesauce for butter in your baking recipes, or use almond milk in place of dairy milk.

Sources: American Heart Association, ACTIVEKids. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.