Don't Be Scared of Halloween
Throwing a kids' Halloween party doesn't have to be scary. It can even be relatively healthy, says Sandra Nissenberg, dietitian and author of I Made It Myself!: Mud Cups, Pizza Puffs, and Over 100 Other Fun and Healthy Recipes for Kids to Make, a cookbook for children and parents.
Lots of people associate Halloween with unhealthy eating, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to tone down the candy and still ramp up the fun. "The key is to get the kids involved. The party should have treats, but it doesn't have to be all about the food."
A homemade art project can make a great non-food starter. "Children love to make things, especially when they can take them home," says Nissenberg. A few quick crafts make terrific table décor.