6 Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy
By Brandi Goodman
Most kids yell "trick or treat" at their neighbors' houses hoping to get some candy. Since they'll already be getting so much of it on their trick-or-treating adventures, more houses should do their part to offer some healthy alternatives instead. A treat doesn't have to mean candy, after all. It can be any snack -- and all the better if it offers nutritional value.
Oranges are, of course, orange -- just like pumpkins. You can give an orange for a Halloween treat that kids can enjoy for a quick pick-me-up snack. A bag of Cuties or other small-sized brands works well if you tend to get a lot of kiddos at your door.
Bananas are also a great choice when kids need an energy boost. You can put bananas on a stick and add two chocolate chips for ghost eyes. Be sure to tie a wrap around the banana for a homemade, wrapped treat.
Pretzels may contain sodium, but they're a far healthier snack than chips or candy. Companies have started making mini pretzel bags that make it easy to pass them out to numerous children come Halloween.
Silly Face Fruit Cups
Fruit cups can be passed out easily as well. Make them a little more Halloween-acceptable by drawing silly faces on the plastic cover. A black Sharpie marker will work well. Cups of oranges work well to help them make look like jack-o-lanterns.
Mini Water Bottles
Rather than offering some sort of food, you can be the one to provide water. Mini water bottles work well for passing out to numerous people. It will help them wash down their treats and provide some much-needed hydration during their long walk on Halloween night. Have plenty to spare? Offer some to the parents as well to help make their night.
You actually don't have to give out treats at all. Plenty of people have started offering Halloween-themed surprises instead. Give a Halloween pencil, sticker sheet, set of tattoos, or even a glow stick. Kids can enjoy activities that are beneficial for their brains rather than eating yet another snack.
Halloween can be an enjoyable experience for all. Just be sure you're doing your part and passing out non-candy items that are healthier and more beneficial for the kids who come to your door. The same should apply to all holiday offerings you provide to friends, family, or neighbors.
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