Trick or Treat Grab Bag

CONCEPT: Making Healthy Choices



Participants pick a treat from a bag of Halloween treats and decide if it is a "yes" food or a "no" food. If it is a "no" food, they develop an appropriate response to say no.



After completing this activity, children will be able to:

  • identify "yes" and "no" treats that might be offered at Halloween
  • give one example of how they could say "no thank you" to a high phe treat



  1. Discuss Halloween:

    • Who is going Trick or Treating?
    • What are you going to dress up as?
    • Who went Trick or Treating last year?
    • What kinds of treats did you get?
  2. Explain: "Your parents probably had to help you decide which treats you could eat, and which treats you could not eat. Today we're going to learn about "yes" and "no" Halloween foods."
  3. Grab Bag Activity:
    Allow each child to take a turn and pick a treat from the bag. Discuss whether it is a "yes" or a "no" food.
    • When "no" foods are selected, ask "If somebody gave you this kind of treat, what could you say?" ( No thank you or Thank you, I'll give it to my mom/brother/sister.)
    • Ask, "If you're not sure whether a food is okay to eat, what should you do?" ( Ask mom or dad)
  4. Distribute the coloring sheets. Participants circle the "yes" treats and cross out the "no" treats, then color the pictures.
  5. Give the children/parents a copy of the "Guidelines for a Happy, Healthy, Low Phe Halloween" to take home with them.




You can reinforce the concept of what makes a good snack by reviewing the concept of "yes" and "no" foods and "practicing" trick-or-treating!


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