Ex-BBC and Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon calls for changes to Halloween trick or treating

Ex-Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon has launched a campaign demanding a drastic holiday shake-up that would see trick or treaters be given healthy alternatives rather than sweets. 

The broadcaster, 45, who now lives in California with his wife and two children, shared details of the new Halloween campaign to his 1.2million Twitter followers.

In his tweet, Bacon said he was ‘really passionate’ about seeing the annual trick or treating tradition on October 31 cancelled or ‘amended’ on health grounds.

On the campaign’s website, Bacon goes further to state he is ‘deeply concerned by the childhood obesity crisis in this country’, and argues it is ‘time to cancel Halloween candy and improve the health of our children.’

But he faced a backlash from some Twitter users who mocked the move and asked if his plan was to ‘cancel family fun’.

Ex-Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon has launched a campaign demanding a drastic holiday shake-up that would see trick or treaters be given healthy alternatives rather than sweets

In his tweet, Bacon said he was 'really passionate' about seeing the annual trick or treating tradition on October 31 cancelled or 'amended' on health grounds.

In his tweet, Bacon said he was 'really passionate' about seeing the annual trick or treating tradition on October 31 cancelled or 'amended' on health grounds.

In his tweet, Bacon said he was ‘really passionate’ about seeing the annual trick or treating tradition on October 31 cancelled or ‘amended’ on health grounds.

Rather than the traditional sweets and chocolate, Bacon bizarrely advises parents to instead serve satsumas stuffed with celery sticks or avocado on toast.

Other recipes include ‘Spooky Cyclops Apples’ – cut up apples served with marshmallows and peanut butter – and ‘Spiders on Devilled Eggs’ – paprika covered boiled eggs with black olives, mayonnaise, red onion and chives.

On the website more widely advertising the campaign, Bacon writes: ‘There is no nutritional value in trick or treating. Bags full of candy are a scary reminder of the childhood obesity epidemic. 

‘If we can break the association between sweets and treats, we can set our children on the path to a healthier life.

‘At home in California, my own children and their friends have already adopted this new way of celebrating Halloween and love my spooky healthy snacks. 

‘This year, I’m spending the night in my hometown of Mansfield and want to bring a slice of Californian healthy eating to local children.

‘I am deeply concerned by the childhood obesity crisis in this country and want to do my bit to change children’s habits. 

‘It’s time to cancel Halloween candy and improve the health of our children.’

Twitter users were quick to deride the ex-BBC presenter's campaign, who slammed the move and asked if his plan was to 'cancel family fun'

Twitter users were quick to deride the ex-BBC presenter's campaign, who slammed the move and asked if his plan was to 'cancel family fun'

Twitter users were quick to deride the ex-BBC presenter’s campaign, who slammed the move and asked if his plan was to ‘cancel family fun’

But Twitter users were quick to deride the ex-BBC presenter’s California-approved healthy eating campaign.

One user wrote: ‘What?! My kids when they were little visited family and friends at Halloween. We all dressed up and went out as a family.

‘We walked together to people we know. They got a few treats. You want to cancel family fun?’

Another asked: ”Really? Like kids haven’t had enough misery this past 18 months…’ 

Ben Walton added: ‘I’m not a fan of Halloween or particularly of trick or treating but it’s one night and I really don’t think it has anything to do with obesity.’ 

Richard Bacon himself suffered a serious health scare in 2018 after he was placed in a medically-induced coma following a serious lung infection

Richard Bacon himself suffered a serious health scare in 2018 after he was placed in a medically-induced coma following a serious lung infection

Richard Bacon himself suffered a serious health scare in 2018 after he was placed in a medically-induced coma following a serious lung infection 

Bacon himself suffered a serious health scare in 2018 after he was placed in an induced coma following a serious lung infection.

He spent 11 nights in a medically-induced coma while battling the potentially fatal disease pneumonia in 2018, revealing that his body went blue at one stage and doctors expected him to die.

The presenter said that coming out of the coma was the worst day of his life because it took 14 hours and he kept hallucinating. 

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