halloween candyIt’s that time of the year again; picking out the must-have costume, selecting the perfect pumpkin to carve with the spookiest design – it’s Halloween!

Every year, thousands of kids take to their communities with their parents close behind and go door-to-door looking for the biggest candy bar. When they get home, they dump their candy out onto the floor and begin swapping with their friends for their favorite candy bar, while parents sneak a few of their own favorite goodies from the pile.

For days, even weeks after Halloween, our kids indulge in a candy bar until their stash has run out. As parents, we hear complaints of stomach aches, inability to sleep, and crankiness when they receive a “No, you can’t have another piece.”

Well, this year doesn’t have to be like previous years. Instead of handing out that sugar-loaded candy bar, pick a different treat to hand out this Halloween.

What are some healthy Halloween treats?

If you can’t get away from handing out some type of food, these are some healthier (maybe not the healthiest) options than the traditional candy bar we have gotten accustomed to handing out.

  • Box of raisins
  • Pretzels
  • Apples
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Dark chocolate
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Fruit rolls
  • Animal cookies

Now, you may argue that there is still sugar in some of the above items. However, you can find organic versions of each of the above items that are healthier than the other processed versions we are used to seeing. Visit your local health food store to see what your options are.

What are some non-food alternatives to consider?

You may have heard of the growingly popular Teal Pumpkin Project that is encouraging families to participate in a non-food Halloween. Why? In recent years, there seems to be an increase in the number of kids that suffer from food allergies making Halloween a difficult holiday to participate in. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a national campaign helping to raise awareness of these food allergies & to allow all kids to participate in the tradition of trick-or-treating.

  • Bubbles
  • Glow sticks
  • Stickers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Funny teeth
  • Playing cards
  • Play dough
  • Coloring/activity books
  • Coins
  • Bracelets/necklaces
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Pencils/markers/crayons
  • Noisemakers
  • Hacky-sacks
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Stamps
  • Monster fingers
  • Yo-yos
  • Erasers
  • Paper masks
  • Puzzles
  • Bookmarks

You can find the above items at your  local party store or a website like Oriental Trading.

Happy HalloweenAlthough you may not be the most popular house on the block, you are making a statement by saying that you are looking out for and are concerned for the health of the children of your neighborhood.

We hope that you all have a fun and safe Halloween! We’d love to hear what you have chosen to give out this year. Leave a comment below so we can grow our list of healthy options to share with our online community.