Whether you’re handing out the treats to mini-mummies and teeny-tiny witches on your doorstep or giving your own little terrors a few extra nibbles after dark, here are a few pointers for making your Halloween treats as healthy as possible this year.

1. Carve a pineapple instead of a pumpkin, and turn the insides into little snack chunks for the big night.

2. For alternatives to sugary snacks, try giving out non-food items like bouncy balls, stickers, crayons, glow sticks or Halloween themed toys. 

3. Give out healthier Halloween treats such as boxes of raisins, other dried fruits, small bags of sugar free popcorn or fruit and nut mixes.

4. Make sure your kids have a filling meal (how about some slime soup?) before they go trick-or-treating, to stop them from eating too many sweets on the streets.

5. Choose a smaller bag when collecting Halloween treats - once it’s full you can call it a night.

6. Make trick-or-treating more of a challenge - walk to houses further away or up a hill.

7. Keep away from sugary pop. Instead, pour the kids low sugar drinks - try Halloween themed colours to make ‘Monster Juice’ using orange squash or blackcurrant cordial.

8. Keep things active. Play games like ‘Pop the Pumpkin’ (a race to see who can burst the most orange balloons in 10 seconds) or ‘Spooky Spoons’ (who can move the most bat droppings - or raisins - from one bowl to another using only a spoon in their mouth?). And no healthy Halloween is complete without a round of apple bobbing or biting to get some fruit inside the kids too.