As a parent, or even a grandparent, who’s trying to instill healthy habits in your children or grandchildren, the truly scary part of Halloween aren’t the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins haunting your neighborhood—it’s the bag of sugary sweets that makes its way into your home after a night of trick-or-treating!
While you can’t likely stem the flow of non-sanctioned treats, you can do your part by handing out a healthier alternative at your home on Halloween. Because many big box grocers carry mini-packs of treats, you are in luck! There are several options that go beyond milk chocolate and artificially colored junk, such as:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Trail mix
- Carrot sticks
- 100% fruit juice boxes
- Dried apples / dried fruit
While it may be tempting to whip up something healthy and delicious, avoid giving trick-or-treaters anything homemade. Baked goods and fruit are frowned upon because a parent can’t know if the items are safe for their child to consume.
But that’s not to say that you couldn’t offer little ones a choice of non-food goodies on Halloween. This is a fun way to get creative! Look for some small Halloween-themed gifts to offer in lieu of candy—putting out a big bowl of these items will delight little ones!
- Novelty pencils
- Glitter pens
- Small notebooks
Finally, if you want to save yourself a trip to the store altogether, you could always take the money you would have spent on candy or stickers, cash it in for a bunch of small change, and put it in a big jar. Let kids swipe a handful for a unique, sugar-free, calorie-free treat.
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