The Raritan Valley YMCA’s Healthy U program got families in a festive mood on Tuesday, October 31 with their Healthy Halloween event. The day-long event featured a “Trunk or Trails” that encouraged physical activity among the children. During the day, child care classes hosted individual Halloween parties that featured themed games, activities, and even healthy ‘fruit snacks,’ consisting of a variety of different fruit skewers.
“Halloween can be presented without so many sugar sweet drinks and snacks,” said Preeti Srivastava, senior director for the Raritan Valley YMCA. “A little creativity goes a long way to keep children healthier and active.”
Parents were notified prior to the celebration, asking them to choose more nutritional snack items to place in trick or treat bags. While the children trick or treated through the YMCA parking lot, they were asked to do a trick (perform a simple exercise) in exchange for a healthy treat.