Alternative Halloween events popular

There's plenty to do this Halloween if you don't want to take the children trick or treating.
Bruce Mercer

There's plenty to do this Halloween if you don't want to take the children trick or treating.

Witches and ghosts will be roaming the streets this weekend.

For those who aren't fond of trick or treating, alternatives to Halloween, known as light parties or stars parties, appear to be popping up more frequently.

Jo Huggins is coordinating a stars party this Halloween at West Harbour School which will see eight churches come together to put on a free evening for families with entertainment, food, farm animals and, of course, lollies. 

The event has been running for 13 years and attracts anywhere between 2000 to 3000 people. 

"We don't like the idea of trick or treating," she says.  

"We don't need to celebrate these horrible things, we can celebrate light. This is a safe environment for children and families to have fun."

For those who will be going out trick or treating, using Neighbourly can be a good way to find out which houses are welcoming trick or treaters this year.

Some neighbourhoods suggest putting balloons or decorations on your house to invite trick or treaters.

Neighbourly also has Halloween posters which can be downloaded and printed to stick on your letterbox to let little ghosts and ghouls know whether your home is Halloween friendly.

There's some protocols to follow at Halloween too.

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Dietitian Miriam Mullard from Massey University Albany's School of Food and Nutrition says it is important to decide on a plan with your children before taking them trick or treating.

"Eat dinner before you go out to prevent snacking on sweets. And use a small basket or bag to carry your child's stash – no large buckets or pillow cases.

"Try to limit the time spent collecting treats to no more than an hour, or until the small basket is full."

Mullard says portion control is the key.

"Decide how many lollies to let your child eat on Halloween, and portion out the rest – perhaps two or three small pieces that night, then one to two each day afterwards, such as one after lunch and one after dinner. Save only their favourite sweets and throw away the rest."

She says Halloween themed foods like roasted pumpkin seeds, or eyeballs (peeled grapes) on a stick can also be prepared, and healthier alternatives to lollies given.

 - Stuff

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