YKHC to host “Healthy Halloween Carnival”

by Mark Arehart on October 30, 2012

The flier for the Healthy Halloween Carnival. Many of these have been posted around Bethel to help promote healthy 'fright night' choices.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel is holding the free Healthy Halloween Carnival tomorrow. Organizers say it’s going to be both spooky and informative, as traditional carnival games will be mixed with haunted houses and healthy snacks.

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Deela Coutu, with the Family Infant Toddler Program says it’s actually the first time YKHC has held the carnival. She said they want to make it an annual event and that 12 health corporation departments are participating.

The carnival starts Wednesday at 3:30 pm in the Community Health Services Building in Bethel. “There will be lots of treats and snacks, lots of games. We have a lot of carnival style games set up,” Coutu said.

David Hull with the Developmental Disabilities Program at YKHC said there won’t be any traditional Halloween sweets. “They’ll be some healthy snacks, carrot sticks, celery sticks.”

“We are promoting a healthy Halloween,” Hull said.

Since the event ends at 5:30 pm, Coutu said parents and children will have plenty of time to go out trick-or-treating. They will leave a with a few goodies, too. “We’re going to make sure they have glowsticks in their hands so they won’t be as easy to be missed on the road,” she said.

Organizers will also be ironing on reflective tape to jackets and costumes to make patrons more visible, as well.

The Healthy Halloween Carnival is from 3:30-5:30 on Halloween at the Communtiy Health Services Building in Bethel. It is free and open to the public.

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