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October 4, 2012

Alternative Treats for Halloween

Who says treats are limited to candy?  No one wants to be “that house” during Halloween, but there are plenty of little trinkets and snacks kids will enjoy that aren’t packed with sugar. 


Browse your local party supply store for Halloween themed stickers, temporary tattoos, stamps, rings, bracelets, necklaces, fake glasses, vampire teeth, pens or pencils, and crayons.  Kids would also be thrilled to get glow sticks, rubber balls, jump ropes, yo-yos, whoopee cushions, whistles, or other noisemakers.





Prepackaged granola bars, popcorn, pretzels, cheese and cracker packs, sugar free gum, packets of instant hot chocolate, dried fruits, fruit leathers, and nuts are some healthy alternatives to candy.





Try giving trick-or-treaters fruits if you’re feeling brave!  Fruits can be more fun with faces!  Draw jack-o-lantern faces on Clementines or fruit cups with a sharpie.  Make bananas spookier by etching some ghostly designs and messages on them.  A few hours before trick-or-treaters start coming by, scratch your design into the skin of the banana with a toothpick.  Within a hour or so, the marks should leave a dark and clear imprint.


If you still think passing out candy is more your style, use the smaller fun sized versions and try to limit one to two candies per child.  While there are still a lot of fats and sugar in the mini bars, it helps to limit kids’ consumption of empty calories.  Keep in mind that certain candy bars have less calories than others.

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