It should come as no shock that this Halloween will look and feel a bit different for Floridians. Holiday celebrations at home with family and close friends will be all the rage this year due to event cancelations and community trick-or-treating bans in many parts of Florida.
Have no fear. Halloween 2020 offers great opportunities for planning safer and healthier festivities. The experts at Florida-based Weight Success Centers have tips to bring the Halloween spirit to your home.
Go Trick-Or-Treating Inside Your Home
Unfortunately, the CDC discourages trick-or-treating on public streets this year, but you can still have some fun inside your home. Parents can provide kids a trick-or-treating alternative by hiding behind closed doors in rooms or closets. The costumed kiddos then search the house, knocking door-to-door for treats. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings could be ready and waiting behind doors to hand out treats. To keep it healthy, skip those store-bought treats with excess sugar and fats. Instead, hand over special gifts, homemade baked goods, healthy snacks, or juice boxes.
Interestingly, American children have been trick-or-treating since the 1920s, but similar traditions date back to the 1500s in Europe, when needy families went door-to-door singing and dancing in costumes for food on Halloween night. In the spirit of this old-fashion tradition, consider requesting a song and dance from your trick-or-treaters to make Halloween at-home a bit more fun and physically active.
Plan a Pumpkin Carving Night for Friends and Family
Put simply, nothing screams Halloween like a Jack-O-Lantern. Plan a fun night (perhaps outdoors with close family or a virtual event for friends) for carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin seeds. Spice up the pumpkin fun by making it a carving contest. There could be different categories for voting, such as Scariest Pumpkin, Most Creative, and Best Overall. Be sure to have special prizes ready for the winners.
Bake Delicious and Nutritious Pumpkin Seeds
Separate seeds from your pumpkin’s pulp to make fresh-baked pumpkin seeds. Simply rinse seeds, drain, dry, and toss with light salt and melted butter or oil in a bowl. Feel free to also add paprika or other seasonings for extra spice. Next, spread the seeds on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 300 Degrees for 30 to 45 Minutes, monitoring for optimal crispness and delicious golden-brown colors. An energy-boosting treat, these seeds offer protein, potassium, magnesium, iron, and other nutrients.
Pamper Yourself with a Homemade Pumpkin Facial
Put that pumpkin pulp to good use and indulge in a pumpkin facial. Pumpkin’s antioxidant-rich pulp supplies beneficial vitamins and textures for facemasks and exfoliating scrubs to smooth and brighten complexions. Simply search the web for pureed pumpkin-pulp facials mixed with ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, or honey, depending on your skincare needs. Contact the Tampa Aesthetics experts and physicians at Weight Success Centers for more personalized skincare tips and medical solutions.
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