The Waukee Family YMCA is typically bustling with the smell of perspiration and perseverance—weightlifters, swim teams and runners hitting their workouts hard. But, on October 24 from 6-8 p.m. the YMCA halls will be taken over by little superheroes, zombies, black cats, and witches. The fifth annual Healthy Halloween will welcome families to embrace a different side of the holiday then the sugar rush.
Healthy is not usually a word attributed to the holiday where kids consume an average of 7,000 calories. Plus, the average trick-or-treater consumes three cups sugar; a child around 100 pounds would have to walk almost 44 hours or play basketball for 14.5 hours to burn all that sugar! The average American consumes 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween.
Erin Olson, Waukee YMCA Wellness Director, said the event is an important focusing point for bringing the community and families together to participate in healthy activities during Halloween.
“We take the focus away from the candy and treats and provide healthy alternatives and activities and for kids to engage their minds and bodies.”
Olson also noted that the YMCA, Blank Children’s Hospital and Unity Point have a strong community partnership which creates an amazing collaboration for events focused on pediatric and youth health and wellness events.
No tricks about it, kids will be treated to a full menu of healthy, fun activities. After trick or treating upstairs in the Wellness Center costumed kids can head to a creepy craft area and then make up their own cackle crunch (trail mix). The entire family can play ghoulish games in the gym and do the Frankenstein at the Monster Mash dance in the community room.
Best of all Healthy Halloween if open and free to all members of the community, not just YMCA of Greater Des Moines members.
When: Saturday, October 24, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Waukee Family YMCA, 201 N. Warrior Ln, Waukee, IA. 50263
Ages: Children of all ages and guardians